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Public Works delays 17th Street construction

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By: Brittany Paris

Construction on 17th Street was set to begin two days ago, but Public Works has pushed it back indefinitely. They don't have a new start date because some changes need to be approved by the Department of Roads.

For businesses, it's delaying the inevitable.

"My main concern was we serve individuals with disabilities," Fay Shawn, 17th St. Candle Co., Assistant Manager, said. "I was just worried how they were going to get to the store."

Lincoln Public Works got a request from the neighborhood, asking to reincorporate several pieces of stone curb. But because the project is federally funded, Public Works has to get the okay from the state's Department of Roads before they can move forward.

Thomas Shafer, Design Construction Manager, said construction is still going to happen. He's just not sure when.

"We're in the process of gathering information they've requested from us and they'll be working with us," Shafer said. "Hopefully we'll have a decision early next week."

He said even when the new designs are approved, they still won't have a start date. For now, they've moved the contractor for 17th Street to another project on 48th. That will need to be finished before they'll even start on 17th.

Shafer promises it will happen this summer. As for the effected businesses, Shafer tells them it will be worth it.

"It'll be a pain for six weeks, but boy, it'll be a nice street when they're done," he said.


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