56th from Old Cheney to Shadow Pines Dr.

The City of Lincoln has awarded the construction project for reconstruction of South 56th Street from Old Cheney Road to Shadow Pines Drive to Constructors, Inc. The roadway is designed as a 4-lane paved section with turn lanes and a raised median.

Time Lapse Box Culvert Concrete Pour – Oct. 10, 2015 (:29)
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Project Highlights

Right and left turn lanes will be built at London Road and Waltz Road, and these intersections will be designed to accommodate future traffic signals when warranted.

Right and left turn lanes will also be built at Shadow Pines Drive.

A new drainage structure will be built at Beal Slough.

A pedestrian under-crossing will be built as part of the Beal Slough drainage structure.

Ordinance changes were brought back before the City Council which were approved in the fall of 2005 and the construction of medians were approved.

Project Status

April 14, 2016

Progress on the S. 56th St. widening project has increased exponentially over the past few months. The contractor continues to work as weather has been cooperative in allowing the completion of many of the project improvement goals. Fall and winter weather was relatively mild and allowed for construction activities to continue on a fairly steady basis. The current spring weather has been warm, dry, and cooperative for construction activities to fully resume.

Completion of the new concrete box culvert at the Beal Slough was delayed in 2015; construction activities continued through the winter into 2016 and the structure was completed in March. Completion of this structure was a major item in the critical path to completing the total roadway widening, and this piece of the puzzle worked in unison with the extensive utility work which occurred underground, as well as with the earthwork and roadway pavement.

Activities that occurred through the winter included completion of the box culvert, all of the new water main, and all of the new storm sewer. Completion of these three activities has allowed for the project focus to be shifted toward completing the remaining concrete pavement items, including mainline roadway, driveways, tie-ins at side streets and intersections, medians, sidewalks and bike trail.

Currently the contractor is working on completing pavement and a driveway between Old Cheney Rd. and Waltz Rd., on the north end of the project. They are also focusing on completion of the final two pieces of major roadway pavement, being the North and South bound lanes of 56th St. over the Beal Slough box culvert, between Waltz Rd. and London Rd. They have three turn lanes to complete, and four additional driveways to complete. These concrete pours will be taking place over the next two to four weeks, with the ultimate completion being weather dependent.

In addition to pavement installation, they will begin work on the noise wall at the far South end of the project. Sidewalks and bike trails will be completed as soon as possible. Street light poles, pavement markings, and street signs will be installed throughout the coming weeks and months. The contractor and the City are hopeful that through traffic on 56th St. will be available by no later than late May, with remaining project items being finished up while traffic is allowed to operate in one-lane in each direction. Final completion for the entire project is still set for late June, which has been the final completion date for all project activities since this project began.

The city of Lincoln would like to thank the public for cooperating with us while the construction continues to occur. We would also like to thank all of the businesses within the area, as they have been very understanding throughout the duration of the project. All businesses within the construction zone will continue to have access. We are looking forward to the great improvements this new section of roadway will provide for everyone.

Public Participation

Pre-construction Open House – Monday April 6, 2015
6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Humann Elementary School
6720 Rockwood Lane
This meeting will give the public an opportunity to meet with construction personnel, review the project, and ask questions. The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those requiring additional special accommodations are asked to contact Kris Humphrey, City Engineering Services, at 402-326-1176.
Open House – Wednesday, June 6, 2012
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Humann Elementary School, multi-purpose room
6720 Rockwood Lane

Contact Information

If you have questions or comments regarding the project, please contact one of the following people:

Project Contacts

  • Gaylon Masek, Construction Project Manager

    City of Lincoln - Engineering Services
    Phone: 402-416-7486
    Email: gmasek@lincoln.ne.gov

  • Zach Becker, Design & Construction Engineer

    City of Lincoln - Engineering Services
    Phone: 402-613-3763
    Email: zbecker@lincoln.ne.gov