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17th Street reopens

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Posted By: Camila Orti

17th from South to A Street is officially reopen as of Friday afternoon.

Public works officials said 17th just needed some routine surface repairs, and shop owners in the area are glad to see it done.

"People were having a hard time patronizing, I think, all the businesses throughout, and so we're just really excited to get the traffic flowing through, get the cars coming by the right way on the road," Bodhi Imports owner Jennifer Bratcher said.

Orange traffic cones and 'road closed' signs have become common eyesores for Lincoln residents this summer.

Officials estimate the city has taken on more than 40 road construction projects since March.

17th Street had been closed since the middle of May.

Some of the business along the street, like Grateful Bread, temporarily closed due to the construction.

Other major roads that are still closed include 56th Street from A to Randolph and 40th from South to A Street.

Thomas Shafer with Public Works says 56th Street should be done some time in the next couple weeks, and 40th Street will hopefully reopen by September 1st.

"Obviously we'd like to get as many of these done before school starts back up again, that's important to us," Shafer said. "Unfortunately you just can't get to all the locations you'd like to before school."

Henry Hultquist, long–time owner of The Violin Shop, is just glad 17th is back to normal.

"I'm sure we've lost a little bit of business over it, some people just don't want to deal with any inconvenience," Hultquist said.

Officials say the next big road project will be on Havelock between 72nd and 63rd streets. Street surface repairs will begin sometime in September.

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