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City plans roundabout at Coddington and West Van Dorn

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The city is planning another new roundabout, this time at Coddington and West Van Dorn. A nearby restaurant manager welcomes the idea.

Many consider Lee's Chicken a landmark in southwest Lincoln.

Store manager Dennis Kann said for decades, the intersection right next to them has always been dangerous, with only drivers on Coddington who have to stop.

"It's a crazy corner," Kann said. "There's a lot of very major accidents out there."

But city officials are hoping a roundabout will change that.

When the project was first explained in 2012, the plan was to keep Van Dorn open during construction. But now, city officials said both lanes will have to close at separate periods of time, though you will still be able to access all businesses and residences.

"I think it's a good, safe idea," Kann said. "It would greatly increase the safety on the corner."

Because of the changes in construction plans, the city is offering a 30–day comment period from now until Dec. 24. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2015.

Kann said he thinks a new roundabout would not only increase safety, but help link Lincoln's east and west sides together.

"A roundabout seems like it would bring our part of the city into the city, make it seem less rural out here," Kann said.

If you would like to comment on the construction changes, e-mail Craig Aldridge of City Public Works at or Stephanie Rittershaus of Alfred Benesch & Company at


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