Mayor Chris Beutler today said the record pace of street construction, repair and maintenance will continue this year, with a goal of adding 2.6 miles of new arterials, 10.3 miles of arterial improvements and 427 blocks of residential rehabilitation. And he said the “Lincoln on the Move” initiative is helping to build a “leading edge” community.
“Our transportation network is fundamental to the future of our City,” Mayor Beutler said. “It’s how we will keep moving Lincoln ahead economically, moving Lincoln forward to maintain livable neighborhoods, moving Lincoln in the right direction on safety and convenience, and moving Lincoln to the top of those national lists for our business climate and quality of life.”
Beutler said the City’s transportation team uses smart planning and communication to coordinate the large amount of both public and private construction activity across the community. Miki Esposito, Director of the Public Works and Utilities Department, said the work begins months and even years ahead of construction.
“There are many steps and many people involved in that planning and coordination,” Esposito said. “We explore whether the project requires more than one construction season; which stakeholders, utility companies, institutions or agencies need to be informed of the project; when is the proper time for construction; and how the project impacts other transportation movements, closures or detours in the City.”
Esposito said a weekly “huddle” meeting brings the City transportation team together with utilities and private entities to look at all the projects under way. They look at closures, detours and whether different types of work can be done at the same time. The huddle group also coordinates the public information needed for the projects. For the current 16th Street project, for example, the City mailed 380 letters, distributed over 200 door hangers, held public meetings, partnered with the neighborhood association, installed message boards and updated information on the website. Beutler and Esposito encouraged the public to stay informed on construction activities by visiting lincoln.ne.gov (keywords: projects and closures).
Another example of coordination, Esposito said, is the restructuring of right of way management, consolidating all the functions into a single unit.
“Most people drive, walk or bike every day without realizing the huge underground infrastructure network beneath them — water lines, fiber optic, gas pipes, electric lines, phone, cable and more,” she said. “When construction occurs, it is necessary to locate all of that underground infrastructure in order to avoid hitting them. The new cross-trained team takes advantage of asset management software to map what is located underground and share that data with both the City team and the private sector.”
In addition to street work, the City will also be working on other infrastructure projects including sidewalk repair. (A list of the major projects follows this release.)
“Through our Green Light Lincoln program, we are upgrading traffic signal systems with smart technology that keeps traffic moving more safely and efficiently,” he said. “Our right of way team is helping private contractors install miles of new fiber optics to bring high speed broadband service to every business and home across the community. It all comes together as ‘Lincoln on the Move,’ our program specifically engineered to get Lincoln residents – as well as goods and services – where they need to go safely and conveniently.”
KEY PROJECTS PLANNED FOR 2017
- 11th Street water main replacement from “O” to “Q” streets
- N. 10th Street over Salt Creek north of Military Road – bridge replacement and new sidewalk with trail connection
- 14th and Superior roundabout – permanent safety improvements
- S. 27th Street water main replacement from Laurel to Calvert streets and from Woods Blvd. to Kessler Blvd.
- N. 27th Street rehabilitation from Holdrege Street to Fletcher Ave.
- 27th Street interchange at Interstate 80 – bridge and concrete repairs
- 16th Street reconstruction from “A” to “F” streets
- “D” Street water main replacement from 12th to 20th streets
- 20th and Calvert streets drainage system replacement
- Jackson Drive/Woodsdale Blvd. from 27th to 29th streets – drainage system rehabilitation
- S. Coddington and W. Van Dorn intersection safety project – construction of single-lane roundabout and new sidewalks
- 33rd Street from Holdrege to Madison – road rehabilitation and storm drainage improvements
- Fletcher Ave. water main replacement from 56th to 60th streets
- Superior Street rehabilitation from 27th Street to Cornhusker Hwy.
- 56th and Morton drainage improvement project – channel widening and replacement of box culvert
- Adams Street wastewater pipeline installation from 41st to 42nd streets
- Fremont Street water main replacement from Touzalin Ave. to 70th Street
- 56th and Colfax drainage improvements
- Cleveland Ave. water main replacement from Cotner Blvd. to Leonard Street
- 98th Street and Boathouse to “O” Street and Anthony Lane – wastewater pipeline installation
- Anthony Lane wastewater pipeline installation from “O” Street to YMCA Spirit Park
- S. 44th Street wastewater pipeline rehabilitation and replacement from High Street to Antelope Creek Road
- 44th Street drainage improvements from Calvert to High streets
- 84th and Old Cheney bike path underpass rehabilitation
- Old Cheney rehabilitation from 40th St. to Hwy. 2
- Normal Blvd. rehabilitation from South to 56th streets
- South Sumner wastewater pipeline rehabilitation and replacement from Normal Blvd. to 40th Street
- Jefferson Ave. wastewater pipeline rehabilitation and replacement from Ryons to Garfield streets
- Beal Slough trunk sewer installation from 33rd to 56th streets
- Yankee Hill Rd. reconstruction and widening from 70th Street to Hwy. 2 and installation of roundabouts