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Date:
October 13, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Holly Lionberger, Public Works and Utilities, 441-8400


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Mayor Announces Expedited Construction For East "O" Street Widening

Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that a section of “O” Street from 45th to 52nd streets will close for improvements for about one year beginning in March 2006. During construction, traffic will be detoured to “R” Street on 44th and 52nd streets. Mayor Seng said the decision to go with a one-year schedule was made after extensive public input. A previous project that widened “O” Street from 52nd Street to Wedgewood took two years.

“This project will improve both traffic flow and safety on this busy stretch of ‘O’ Street, and it will be done in half the time of the previous project,” said Mayor Seng. “With the number of vacant properties on this section of ‘O’ Street, we felt it was important to reduce the disruption to the remaining businesses. The majority of those from the affected businesses and area neighborhoods favored the one-year option. Frankly, the faster it can be completed the better. The goal is to get it done as soon as possible and get it ready for new businesses.”

The City sought advice through three focus groups, numerous door-to-door surveys and public meetings. Access will be maintained for all businesses during construction. The cost of the project is estimated at $18.5 to $20 million.

“The availability of ‘R’ Street as a convenient detour route also was one of the reasons I selected the one-year schedule,” said Mayor Seng. In anticipation of detour traffic using “R” Street, the City will make lane, pavement marking and traffic signal improvements prior to the “O” Street construction.

The “O” Street project includes street widening; intersection improvements, including new traffic signals and dual left-turn lanes; and water main improvements. Improvements also will be made to 48th Street from “M” to “R” streets. The next step is to complete the design work and bid the project. The contract will include incentives to expedite the construction schedule.

For more information about this project, see the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov or contact Holly Lionberger, project manager for the City of Lincoln, at 441-8400; Tom Leikam, Olsson Associates, at 458-5619; or LaDawn Capek Sperling, Olsson Associates, at 458-5610 or ostreet@oaconsulting.com.


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