By: Hannah Paczkowski
Work is now underway on Old Cheney from 70th to 82nd Streets. They're going to widen to four lanes, put in gas and water main locations, sidewalks, drainage improvements and retaining walls.
Several other projects are also in the works around the city.
"If the community has a desire and an expectation for transportation and public utilities needs, then we have to back that with funding," Public Works Director Miki Esposito said.
Funds that Lincoln Public Works and Utilities said it's struggling to come up with.
Monday, they met with the City Council to share their plans for construction and their need for money.
"We have approximately a 7 to 8 million dollar gap in what we are currently budgeted at and what our projected needs are," Esposito said.
This gap is in the transportation funding budget. It would help cover the costs of future projects. Like the one on the NW 48th corridor from West Vine to West Adams. It's all part of a bigger project with the state, which will be expanding I-80 to six lanes from NW 12th to NW 56th, creating a diverging diamond.
"It moves traffic from the traditional to the opposite side so that your left turns on to the interstate are able to happen in a more free flow manner," designing construction manager Thomas Shafer said.
In 2015 this city will rebuild the interchange at NW 48th and a bridge at NW 56th.
"It's a pretty big one," Shafer said.
The City Council will have to decide if it has extra money for some of these future projects.
For more information on future projects go to: http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/projects/pdf/2014-projects.pdf