Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the intersection of 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 has been resurfaced and is back open for traffic on time and on budget. The intersection closed June 7 and was scheduled to reopen Thursday, June 25.
"Safe and smooth streets are a top community priority, and this is one of the largest investments in street improvements in Lincoln's history," Mayor Beutler said. "This is another great example of the significant progress we are making. I want to commend Public Works staff in charge of the project, the contractor, Caspers/MTZ, for their hard work, and the public for following detours and watching out for construction workers."
Crews will continue to work on moving equipment, street cleaning and the reconstruction of sidewalk ramps to meet current ADA standards. No further lane closures are expected, but drivers are urged to use caution in areas where crews continue to work. The entire project is expected to be completed about June 30.
The City is working with the Nebraska Department of Roads to improve State highways running through the City limits using State highway maintenance funds. The full closure option cut the construction time in half and reduced the cost by about $200,000 when compared to lane-closure options. The "O" Street project is one on a large list of street improvements under way across the community.
"I am excited that our crews are hard at work on one of our biggest street construction seasons ever," said Public Works and Utilities Director Miki Esposito. "We really appreciate the positive feedback and cooperation from business owners and motorists. Together, we will complete an historic number of street improvements over the next six months."
More information on the City street projects is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects).