27th Street and West “O” Street Bridges Over Salt Creek

North 27th Street and West “O” Street Bridges Over Salt Creek

City #540029 (NDOR Project No. LCLC-5231(15) / CN 13247)

Updated July 6, 2021

U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

The purpose of this project is to preserve the transportation system, improve the reliability of the transportation system, and perpetuate the mobility of the traveling public.

The 27th and Fairfield bridge over Salt Creek was built in the mid 1980's and is in need of rehabilitation. The existing bridge expansion joints are on top of the back wall and have failed, allowing for road salt and water to seep onto the back wall and abutment bearings. The jersey barrier rail is also showing signs of deterioration. The appropriate pedestrian protection on the west side of the bridge needs to be installed. The northeast corner wing on the abutment needs to be re-built to correct overturning and separation from the abutment, and repair the leaning traffic signal pole.

The “O” Street bridge over Salt Creek was constructed in mid to late 1990's. Currently the existing approach and paving sections are settling at the grade beam. The settling has created a consistent maintenance issue.

Scope of Work

The scope of work at the North 27th and Fairfield Bridge consists of repairs to the existing bridge. Repairs include removal of the back wall abutments and replacement with turndown, as well as moving the expansion joint onto the grade beam. Existing grade beams will be removed and replaced on new piling. The northeast abutment wing will be replaced. The bridge rail and approach paving sections will be removed and replaced. The existing traffic signals at Fairfield and 27th Streets, and overhead street lighting on the bridge will be replaced.

The scope of work for the West “O” Street Bridge consists of repairs to the existing bridge. Repairs include replacement of grade beams on new piling, removing and replacing the approach and paving sections, and repairing guardrail and pavement adjacent to the project.

Access During Construction

The project will be constructed under lane closures at both bridge locations with crossovers and head-to-head traffic.

27th and Fairfield

North 27th Street between Theresa Street and Old Dairy Road has lane closures and traffic shifts in place. Left and right-turns may be restricted at times during this work. Fairfield Street has limited access but north-south traffic on North 27th Street will be maintained. Visitors to the Lincoln Electric System office are encouraged to use North 20th to and from Fairfield Street.

The pedestrian and cycling trail at North 27th and Fairfield streets will be closed periodically. The recommended trail detour is North 33rd Street to Superior Street to North 27th Street to Fairfield Street to North 20th Street to Cornhusker Highway and the reverse.

StarTran route #27-North 27th stops will be affected during this work. For more information on StarTran routes and detours, visit transit.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-476-1234.

West “O” Street

The project will be constructed under lane closures with head to head traffic. Currently, the lanes on the south side of the bridge are closed and eastbound traffic is being diverted into a lane on the north side.

Digital signs will alert traffic to the upcoming work and closures. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route and are reminded to exercise caution around work zones. Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) appreciates the public’s patience during these projects.

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Project Schedule

The project began May 10, 2021 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2021. LTU project dates and times are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Public Involvement

Public Advisory – April 21, 2021

27th and Fairfield Pre-construction Notice: 27th & Fairfield - Salt Creek Bridge Repair(PDF, 55KB) 27th & Fairfield - Reparación del puente de Salt Creek(PDF, 87KB) و فيرفيلد - إصلاح جسرسولت كريك 27th(PDF, 94KB)

Open House – May 18, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Campbell Elementary School 2200 Dodge Street, Lincoln, NE

Open House – May 17, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall 241 Victory Lane, Lincoln, NE

Open House Handouts: English(PDF, 186KB)Español(PDF, 138KB)العربية(PDF, 162KB)

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