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Haymarket sidewalks to see facelift

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Posted by: Abigail Wood

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There are some major repairs on the horizon for walkways in the historic Haymarket, specifically between 7th and 9th streets and between N and S. The old cobbled brick doesn't meet safety standards anymore because it's too uneven.

"We need to reduce trip hazards that are in the sidewalks," Hallie Salem, with Public Works, said.

The broken-down walkways have been patched together with asphalt, but it's just a temporary fix. Lincoln Public Works is looking for an overhaul of the area that includes new lights, trash cans, and of course, brand new pavement. 

People who work in the area seemed to agree that the sidewalks need help.

"I know that when I'm biking down the sidewalks or down the roads the pot holes do get annoying, kind of bouncing everywhere," said Leighton, who rides to work in the Haymarket on his bike every morning.

Another woman I spoke with says she wants the repairs, but is worried if they take away the traditional buffalo brick it may alter the historic feel.

"I would like them to keep in mind the rest of the area, so it would blend well," said Robin Mauscth, who works downtown. "Keep as much of the original as possible."

Thankfully, that seems to be just what Public Works has in mind. They say they haven't nailed down a design yet, but they're making the historic atmosphere a priority, whether that means a more even brick, or a concrete path lined with the original pavers. Either way, they say it's most important that the people who walk these streets every day feel safe,

"The biggest asset for the Haymarket is what you see above the ground, and that's the buildings and the bones of the district, and the people using it," Salem said.

It's going to cost around $1.7 million. It's not in the current city improvement budget, but city council still approved the necessary funds for the project. 

The sidewalks could be looking better as early as next year, but for certain, permanent improvements will be underway by 2018.

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