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October 7, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Allan Abbott, Public Works and Utilities, 441- 7566
Karl Fredrickson, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7711

Public Works Provides Update on Road Construction
14th Street open to through traffic; “Big T ” overpass construction to begin

The City Public Works and Utilities Department today provided an update on street and road projects that have been under construction. In addition to work on major arterial streets, 71 blocks of residential street rehabilitation will be completed by November 1.

“Lincoln drivers have faced some challenges these past few months with so many streets under construction across the City, ” said Mayor Seng. “Many of those projects are nearing completion. I want to thank the residents and visitors for their patience and cooperation. ”

South 14th Street is now open to through traffic in both directions from Old Cheney Road to Pine Lake Road. All intersections are open, but some temporary lane closures will continue as work is completed on turn lanes, retaining walls, sidewalks and street lighting. The project is projected to finish in late October. The speed limit will continue to be lowered between Aberdeen and Mockingbird Lane until then. Left turns are now permitted at the intersection of Old Cheney and Rolling Hills.

The South 14th project included the widening of the street to four lanes, with left-turn and right- turn lanes at the major intersections; the addition of sidewalks and bike paths; and the installation of a pedestrian bridge over South 14th to connect the Rock Island Trail to Densmore Park.

Construction of the “Big T ” overpass south of the Devaney Center near Holdrege and 16th Street is scheduled to begin immediately. The “Big T ” is a major part of the Antelope Valley Project and will eliminate traffic delays caused by the current railroad crossing. The new “Y ” Street bridge and roadway connecting 17th Street to “Y ” Street is scheduled to open by the end of October. Construction continues on the new Vine Street bridge. One-half of the Vine Street roadway project from 17th to 28th streets was completed this year along with improvements to the intersection of 27th and Vine. The remainder of the project will be finished by the fall of 2005. The project includes paving, utility installation, left-turn lanes, sidewalks, retaining walls, landscaping and ornamental lighting.

Work continues on the South 84th Street water main and roadway project. South 84th from Highway 2 to Old Cheney is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 16.

South 84th is currently closed to all traffic from Pioneers Boulevard north to Montello Road. Construction in this section has been delayed by property right of way acquisition requiring eminent domain and delays by private firms in relocating their cable and fiber optics. Weather permitting, two-lane traffic on 84th Street for local access is scheduled to open October 16 from the St. Mark’s Church entrance north to Montello Road. Four lanes will continue to Van Dorn Street. At that time, Pioneers Boulevard will close for construction from Pagoda Lane to 86th Street, including the intersection of 84th and Pioneers, until the end of November. If bad weather prevents the completion of the work on Pioneers, a temporary surface will be installed, and Pioneers will reopen at the end of November for the winter.

Once Pioneers is reopened (with either the permanent or temporary surface), 84th Street will close from Old Cheney to Augusta Drive. Also, Old Cheney will close from east of the 84th Street intersection to 88th Street. About 60 to 90 days of soil settlement is required in these two areas where Antelope Creek crosses the roadways before the water line and permanent pavement can be installed. The soil settling gives the appearance that no progress on the road is occurring in this area. The pavement is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2005.

Completed major projects include:

  • The South 27th Street and Highway 2 safety project was completed in mid-August. The project added dual left-turn lanes on South 27th along with new signals and more space for turns. Northbound traffic can now make a u-turns at the intersection at times indicated by the signal. The project also included work at the intersections of Highway 2 with Bishop Heights Drive and Piccadilly Court.
  • The 27th and “O ” Street safety improvements were completed in July. The project added dual left-turn lanes both eastbound and westbound from “O ” Street onto 27th Street. The additional left-turn lanes were created through re-striping, new construction and median changes. The existing eastbound right-turn lane is now a through lane that extends to about 28th Street. New signal systems were installed at the intersections of “O ” with 25th and 27th streets. Sidewalks were also reconstructed. The only remaining work is sod replacement at northeast corner of 25th and “O ” streets.
  • South Street from 17th to 27th re-opened in mid-August. The project included curb replacement, base repair, a new asphalt surface, new street lighting, a new pedestrian crossing and the replacement of the water main.
  • Adams Street from 66th to 70th opened in late August. The project included curb replacement, base repair and new asphalt surface. Adams Street was widened to add a center-turn lane. The intersection of 70th and Adams received concrete and a new traffic signal and a right-turn lane were added on northbound 70th.
  • In addition to the construction of the new roundabout at 40th and Sheridan Boulevard, 40th Street from Sheridan to Van Dorn was resurfaced and widened to add a center-turn lane, and the new street lighting was installed. The water main was also replaced from High to Sheridan. The project was finished in late August.
  • 48th Street from Cornhusker to Superior was widened to add a center-turn lane.
  • West Fletcher from NW 13th to NW 20th is scheduled to be completed this week, providing the final link to NW 27th Street and Highway 34 in front of Kawasaki. The City partnered with Kawasaki on the project, which includes a roundabout at NW 13th and West Fletcher. Remaining work includes the seeding of the right of way.

Other work remaining this fall includes:

  • Work beginning this week on 9th Street from “Q ” to “H ” streets will cause daytime lane closures and nighttime detours. The project will include removal of the existing surface to replace the asphalt and re-stripe the lanes. The City will install a pavement mixture that incorporates recycled tires. The milling the street will create uneven surfaces and lane closures during the day. Installing the new asphalt will close portions of 9th Street during two nights, weather permitting. The first night of asphalt work is scheduled for Monday, October 11th and will close 9th from “Q ” to “N ” streets. The second night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th and will close 9th from “N ” to “H ” streets. Detour routes will be posted. The project is planned to be done before the October 16th Nebraska football game.
  • Work on Cornhusker Highway will included milling and overlaying from 13th to 20th streets and from 35th to 44th streets.
  • Work continues on the storm sewer project in the area of 30th, “Y ” and “W ” streets. Work on “Y ” Street is completed, and asphalt work on Apple Street should be completed by the end of the week. The water main relocation needed for the storm sewer work is completed on 30th Street. The storm sewer work from Apple to “W ” is scheduled to be completed by mid- October. The work on “W ” from 30th to 31st will begin then and should take about three weeks.
  • Storm sewer work in the area of 66th and Holdrege continues. Cotner Boulevard from Orchard to 66th Street and Aylesworth from 68th to 69th Street are closed until mid-October. Except for a northbound lane, 66th Street from Star to Holdrege also is closed until mid-October. Fairfax from 68th to 69th Street is scheduled to reopen on October 13.

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