West “A” Street Improvement Project

West City Limits to SW 5th Street

West “A” Street Improvement Project Virtual Public Meeting

Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

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Email West “A” Street meeting questions or comments to erhill@lincoln.ne.gov


The purpose of this project is to improve the West “A” Street corridor beginning at the West City Limits extending east to the intersection of SW 5th Street. To minimize impacts to area residents, businesses and commuters, the project has been divided into two separate construction projects:

Project A is SW 23rd Street to SW 5th Street • Map(PDF, 9MB)

Project B is West City Limits to SW 23rd Street • Map(PDF, 6MB)

YouTube video Watch: drone video of West “A” Street (6:40)

Spanning nearly 2.5 miles, the project provides several improvements, including:

New Pavement

Roundabout Intersections

ADA Accessible Sidewalks

Multi-Use Trail

Sanitary Sewer Trunkline

Street Lighting

Concrete Pads at Bus Stops

New Driveway Connections

Projects A and B Area

Project Area

Project Schedule

Project A is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2021

Project A extends from Southwest 23rd Street east to Southwest Fifth Street.

Project B construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2022 and be completed in winter 2022, with utility relocations starting late summer of 2021

Project B extends from the west city limits near Southwest 36th Street east to the Southwest 23rd Street intersection.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What work is included in the project?

The purpose of this project is to improve the West “A” Street corridor beginning at the West City Limits and extending east to the intersection of SW 5th Street. The project includes work associated with:

  • Topographic survey
  • Traffic analysis
  • Roadway alternatives analysis
  • Roadway design
  • Drainage design
  • Environmental review
  • Permitting
  • Public involvement

What does the City of Lincoln evaluate for arterial roadway improvement projects, like West “A” Street?

  • Cross section (number of lanes)
  • Proper speed Limit
  • Intersection control
  • Turn lanes
  • Proper access (median breaks)
  • Pedestrian crossings

What improvements are included in this project?

  • New pavement
  • Roundabout intersections
  • ADA accessible sidewalks
  • Multi-use trail
  • Sanitary sewer trunkline
  • Street lighting
  • Concrete pads for bus stops
  • New driveway connections
  • Additional traffic lanes
  • Storm water drainage enhancements

How did the City decide on the selected alternative?

The alternatives were evaluated on multiple criteria that included: safety, environmental impacts, right-of-way impacts, constructability, access during construction, cost, and public input.

How is the project being funded?

The project is locally funded through a combination of impact fee revenues and wheel tax dollars.

When will the public and businesses know about property acquisition and easements?

The City has identified temporary and permanent property impacts for properties adjacent to the project. If your property will be impacted, you will be contacted by the City.

One-on-one meetings can also be scheduled to discuss any impacts to specific properties. More information on the acquisition process is available in the Right-of-Way Acquisition and Your Property(PDF, 79KB) pamphlet on the City’s website.

How will I be able to access my home or business during construction?

Refer to Access During Construction Coping with Construction: What to Expect on the City’s website.

Why not designate all construction crews to this one project to get it done faster?

The West “A” Street enhancement project does have additional crews working on the project. There are typically five to seven crews on site progressing the project. However, bringing in additional crews doesn’t necessarily help speed up the process. The City has to carefully balance availability of materials and resources, social distancing due to the pandemic and what our supplier can consistently provide for each project. Other things to consider are wait times where concrete has to harden in order to be strong enough to hold certain weights of vehicles and construction trucks so they can move forward with the project.

Why don’t you have construction crews work at night to assist with completing the project sooner?

The City of Lincoln prides itself on putting its citizens first. We do not want to inconvenience neighbors in the middle of the night with additional construction noise that may keep them awake while they try to sleep.

Why is the City of Lincoln putting in roundabouts in the West “A” Street Improvement Project?

Roundabouts are proven to be cheaper and safer for drivers. A roundabout will allow at least 400 more vehicles through it an hour, compared to a four-way stop intersection. They also reduce environmental impacts. The City of Lincoln’s experience with the roundabout at South 33rd and Sheridan showed roundabouts in Lincoln reduces crashes by 83 percent. There’s a 95 percent reduction in injury crashes in Lincoln and cost of property damage due to those crashes is reduced by $810,000.

Contact Us

  • Danielle Vachal, Design Project Manager

    City of Lincoln, LTU Project Delivery
    dvachal@lincoln.ne.gov
    531-289-8211

Current Construction Information

West “A” Street is closed from South Coddington Avenue to Southwest 27th Street for traffic moving east and west on West “A” Street. Detour routes include Southwest 27th Street, West South Street and South Coddington Avenue for eastbound and westbound traffic. Traffic moving north and south will be allowed to pass through the intersections at a reduced speed of 25 miles per hour. The street closures are for sanitary sewer work and roundabout construction for the West “A” Street improvement project being done to improve traffic flow, connectivity and efficiency in this area.

West “A” Street is also closed to westbound traffic between South Coddington Avenue and Southwest 10th Street. The traffic signal at the South Coddington Avenue and West “A” Street intersection has been removed and the intersection will operate as an all-way stop until project completion. Westbound traffic is encouraged to use South Folsom and West South streets or seek an alternate route. The eastbound lane on West “A” Street between South Coddington Avenue and Southwest 10th Street will remain open during the project.

Digital signs will alert traffic to upcoming work and closures. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained whenever possible. Travelers are encouraged to exercise caution around the work zone.

The sidewalks on the south side of West “A” Street will be closed periodically during this work. StarTran Route 51-West “A” outbound bus stops in this area will be closed.


Construction includes removal of the traffic signal at the intersection of S. Coddington Ave. and West “A” Street and installation of a new roundabout. A new mini roundabout at the S. Folsom and West “A” St. intersection will replace the existing 4-way stop.

West “A” Street will be resurfaced from SW 23rd Street to SW 5th Street.

Sidewalk ramps will be upgraded to comply with ADA requirements.

Utility work includes sanitary wastewater and storm water system improvements, as well as private utility upgrades and relocations.

  • Project A Work Area

Contact Us

  • Danielle Vachal, Design Project Manager

    City of Lincoln, LTU Project Delivery
    dvachal@lincoln.ne.gov
    531-289-8211

  • Gaylon Masek, Construction Project Manager

    City of Lincoln, LTU Project Delivery
    gmasek@lincoln.ne.gov
    402-416-7486

West “A” Street is an important arterial connector for the community. Whether you are a business owner, resident or a member of the travelling public, we want you to be involved in the project. It is always a priority to work with businesses and residents in the project area. If you have questions about this project, please contact us.

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) plans to hold in-person or virtual public meetings every three to five months to continue to keep residents up to date on project accomplishments and timeline of completion. Public meeting dates will be updated regularly.

Contact Us

  • Danielle Vachal, Design Project Manager

    City of Lincoln, LTU Project Delivery
    dvachal@lincoln.ne.gov
    531-289-8211