The reconstruction of the 27th and "O" Street/Highway 34 intersection is scheduled to begin the week of June 7 and last for about 18 days, weather permitting. During construction, "O" Street will be closed from 25th to 29th streets, and 27th Street will be closed from "N" Street to the alley just north of "O" Street
The streets are scheduled to reopen the week of June 21, with final completion expected about June 30. All adjacent properties have primary or alternative access from side streets and/or alleys, so access to local businesses will be maintained. The Public Works and Utilities Department is mailing information to all affected businesses.
The detour routes are Antelope Valley Parkway, Vine, 48th, Randolph and "L"-"K"-Capitol Parkway. Sidewalk ramps will also be reconstructed along "O" Street to meet current ADA standards, however, pedestrian access will be maintained.
The public is invited to a pre-construction open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 250 N. 21st Street. Representatives from the City Public Works and Utilities Department and Caspers Construction/MTZ will be available to discuss the project, traffic routes and signage options. No formal presentation is planned.
In 2014, the City and the Nebraska Department of Roads announced a partnership to improve State highways running through the City limits using available State highway maintenance funds. Pavement repairs at several locations along "O" Street were completed in 2014. After a more detailed pavement inspection of "O" Street from 25th to 29th streets, it was determined that in addition to the pavement repairs, the intersection at 27th Street needed complete reconstruction.
The City delayed the work until 2015 to evaluate the best way to use taxpayer dollars wisely while meeting the needs of businesses, motorists, pedestrians and residents. It was determined that the full closure option would cut the construction time in half and reduce the cost by about $200,000 when compared to lane-closure options.
More information on the project is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects). Those with questions can contact City Project Engineer Erika Nunes (firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-326-1037) or City Project Manager Gaylon Masek (email@example.com) 402-416-7486).
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