By: Brittany Paris

The City of Lincoln said the multi-million dollar project is to improve the traffic flow of Northwest 48th Street.

They held an open house on Tuesday to reveal their designs to the public, giving three options. Many residents agree this project is needed.

"The roads have not been kept very safe and it'll be a lot better for the children in this area so that they'll have better sidewalks, hopefully better lighting. It'll just be better for this area.

The focus is on one area from West Vine Street to West Adams. Right now, there are only two lanes. They plan on expanding the street to four lanes.

The project will be funded through a combination of impact fees and wheel tax dollars. It'll cost anywhere from 15 to 17 million dollars, depending on which design is chosen.

City Project Manager, Erika Nunes, said right now, the road is in bad shape.

"It'll provide easier traffic flow of the area. Condition of the pavement that's out there isn't very good right now. It'll just provide a safer road for traffic and access into neighborhoods," Nunes said.

The city has plans to fix the rest of the road from West Adams to Highway 34, but that part of the project isn't currently funded.

Nunes said they're still giving residents design options for that stretch of road so construction can begin quickly after funding comes in.

Residents hope this project will bring more businesses out to the growing Airpark area.

"More restaurants, more industry out here, I'm for that," Sarah Sasse-Kildow, Airpark resident, said. "If there's a way to get more businesses out here, I think that's a good thing. Two lanes is just not accommodating for the number of people who live out here."

Construction on the project is set to begin in 2015. The road will stay open during that time.

You have until June 20th to voice your opinion. If you couldn't make it out to the open house, you can still participate online by going to, using keyword nw48.