By: Bill Schammert
The Northwest 48th Street expansion project will happen. But, with the need to acquire easements and rights-of-way, it's still more than two years away.
Still, at an informational meeting on Wednesday night, many simply seemed happy their main thoroughfare will soon expand to a four-lane divided road.
"It's treacherous," Alison Wick said. "I mean, if you're a pedestrian, it's terrifying."
City project manager, Erika Nunes, says the $20 million project will get underway in early 2015.
As a soon-to-be business owner in the area, Bob Vyhnalek is concerned about what the construction could mean for the area, but agrees something is needed.
"It's absolutely necessary," he said. "It's a nightmare with the traffic, it's just a very very busy street."
"We have trouble just getting in and out of our own neighborhood," Wick said.
When the project is complete, Northwest 48th Street will expand to four-lanes from West Adams to West Vine.
The city still has not secured funding for an additional expansion project north of Adams to U.S. Highway 34, but Nunes says it's in the works.
The $30 million Northwest 48th & I-80 "Diverging Diamond Interchange Project" is on a similar timeline.
Both should be completed by the summer of 2016.