The public is invited to an informational open house Thursday April 10 regarding improvements at N. 14th Street and Cornhusker Highway (U.S. Highway 6). The meeting is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Educare of Lincoln, 3435 N. 14th Street, just north of Belmont Elementary School.
The purpose of the proposed project is to address recurring crashes where N.14th Street traffic merges onto eastbound Cornhusker Highway. The need for this project is based on a recorded five-year period, when 90 crashes were reported at this location. Multiple options will be presented including a "no-build" alternative; removing the existing on-ramp; reconstructing the on-ramp on the west side of N. 14th Street; or constructing an acceleration lane along Cornhusker Highway. Some of the alternatives being considered would include the reconstruction of other project area roadways or intersections.
The proposed improvements would not include the reconstruction of the N. 14th Street bridges that cross Cornhusker Highway and Oak Creek. Depending on the alternative chosen, the improvements could include the reconstruction of portions of Saunders Avenue, N. 14th Street or the frontage/access road that parallels the south side of Cornhusker Highway, immediately west of N. 14th Street.
The acquisition of additional property rights including new right of way, permanent easements or temporary easements would be based on which project alternative is selected.
Based on the alternative chosen, permanent and temporary wetland impacts could be associated with the project. Preliminary estimates indicate that the project could permanently impact up to .19 of an acre of wetlands. Mitigation would occur either onsite or at a local wetlands bank.
The proposed project is scheduled to be evaluated and designed in 2014, with construction beginning as early as 2015. Under some of the alternatives being evaluated, the proposed project would be built without detouring traffic, but there could be temporary traffic delays in the construction area. Under other project alternatives, road closures may be necessary, requiring N. 14th Street traffic to be detoured to Interstate I-180 and N. 27th Street.
The project is being funded through the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, which requires a 10-percent local match. The City of Lincoln's match will come from funds designated for safety projects.
The project is currently in the alternative evaluation phase, and the purpose of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public input. The public may arrive at any time during the two-hour open house to gather information and visit with project personnel.
The City of Lincoln complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guidelines. Ensuring the public's access to and participating in public meetings is a priority for the City of Lincoln. In the event you are in need of a reasonable accommodation in order to attend or participate in a public meeting conducted by the City of Lincoln, please contact Kimberley Taylor-Riley, the Director of Equity and Diversity, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, at 402-441-7624 by April 3, 2014 in order to make your request. Additionally, appropriate provisions for persons with Limited English Proficiency will be made if the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights is notified by April 3, 2014.