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February 8, 2019
Media Contact:
Holley Salmi, Transportation and Utilities, 402-441-7537

Fletcher Avenue Bridge to Close February 11

The bridge just east of North 56th Street on Fletcher Avenue will be closed February 11 through mid-July for reconstruction. Fletcher Avenue traffic between N. 56th and N. 70th streets will be detoured to Cornhusker Highway. Access to businesses along Fletcher Avenue will be maintained via N. 70th Street on the east end and N. 56th Street on the west end.

The stormwater portion of the project includes removal of a box culvert and installation of a bridge to increase channel capacity, widening the channel through the commercial area east of N. 56th Street and north of Morton Street, reconstructing storm drains and retaining walls, and stabilizing the banks to help prevent flooding and erosion.

Additional street work in the area will be done at the same time. Street improvements include removal of the railroad tracks that cross Fletcher Avenue just west of N. 70th Street, and resurfacing of Fletcher Avenue between N. 56th and N. 70th streets.

The project is a joint effort between the City, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Railroad Transportation and Safety District. A federal grant funds 75 percent of the stormwater project cost, and the remainder is shared by the local agencies. The City's portion of the cost is funded through the 2016 stormwater improvement bond issue.

For more information, visit, or contact Ben Higgins, Watershed Management, at 402-441-7589 or For questions about Fletcher Avenue resurfacing, contact Nathan Boone, JEO Project Manager, at 402-474-8745 or

More information on City watershed construction projects is available at (keyword: watershed). Current information on street closures is available at (keyword: closures) or through the Waze mobile app.

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