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February 6, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Linda Weaver Beacham, Project Manager, The Schemmer Associates, 488-2500
Stroud Evans, Construction Administrator, The Schemmer Associates, 488-2498
Larry Duensing, City Project Manager, Public Works and Utilities Dept.,441-7711
Randy Howard, President, Constructors Inc., 434-1764

Lane Closures Start Monday for Preliminary Work on Second Phase of East O Project

Partial lane closures on O Street and 70th Street will begin Monday, February 10 to allow for preliminary work on the second phase of the East O Street widening project. Phase two will widen East O from two to three lanes in each direction from Eastridge Drive to Wedgewood Drive and will include work on 66th and 70th streets.

The inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound O Street will close just east of Lyncrest Drive so crews can remove the median and begin adding a temporary asphalt lane. Work will continue eastward through the coming weeks. The intersections of 66th and O and 70th and O will remain open.

Partial lane closures will also occur on 70th Street between P and L Streets. Crews will remove medians and install temporary paving beginning just south of P Street on the west side of 70th and will move southward to L Street. Driveways on 70th to Meridian Park and HyVee may be closed at times during this work. The intersection of 70th and O will remain open.

Preliminary work is scheduled to finish by March 17, when O Street traffic will be shifted to the south side of the street between Eastridge Drive and Wedgewood Drive so the north lanes can be demolished and reconstructed.

Phase one of the project, completed in September, widened East O from 52nd Street to Eastridge Drive and included reconstruction on 56th Street and Cotner Boulevard.

The latest information on the project can be found on the 24-Hour East O Street Information Line, 441-0432, and on the City website,

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