Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) for completing a major highway project in southwest Lincoln about nine months before initially projected. He said NDOT's collaboration with local officials is helping the City to speed its planned safety and efficiency improvements to the area of Warlick Blvd., 14th Street and Old Cheney.
NDOT Wednesday reopened the southbound lanes of S. 14th Street between Old Cheney Road and Nebraska Highway 2 about one month ahead of schedule. The concrete and asphalt paving project was the second phase of a larger project involving S. 14th Street and Warlick Blvd. between US-77 and Nebraska Highway 2. NDOT said phases one and two were completed about nine months ahead of schedule.
The streets were originally slated to be improved and relinquished to the City in 2020 for the beginning of the South Beltway Project construction. The schedule was moved up to 2018 so that preparations can begin for the S. 14th Street and Old Cheney Road Intersection Improvement Project, which features an elevated roundabout over a T-intersection. That project is expected to begin in winter 2019, with right of way planning scheduled to begin in 2018.
"Lincoln is 'on the move,' with infrastructure projects that will change the way we are connected and how we do business for decades to come," Mayor Beutler said. "This area is on track to be an even more prominent gateway into our city. NDOT truly gave us an early holiday gift with mint-condition streets ahead of schedule. This is another great example of state and local officials working together to make communities safer and stronger."
Beutler said the State project will serve as a catalyst for economic investment and further street improvements in southwest Lincoln. He said the reconstructed streets will result in improved traffic flow, reduced maintenance costs and savings in the cost and time associated with State right-of-way permitting.
Current information on City street improvement projects is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects).