Lincoln about to begin $8.15 million project on 48th Street

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new road project starting in the next two weeks will affect a large portion of 48th Street in north Lincoln.

“The road is at the end of its useful life, and also the water main is over 100 years old, and it had a lot of breaks recently, so it was just time to do it,” said Marc Rosso, a construction engineer for the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department.

LTU hosted an open house Thursday to share plans and talk with the public about the project.

North 48th Street between Leighton Avenue and Superior Street will undergo an $8.15 million improvement project.

Over $5.5 million is going toward road improvements. That money is coming from bonds and the Lincoln on the Move program.

The rest will be put toward replacing the water main.

The project will begin as soon as next week and is expected to finish up in December.

Some of the business owners in the area attended the open house.

“We want to make sure that the city’s values align with ours, and our ultimate goal is a walkable street,” said Joe Shaw, the executive director of the Lux Center for the Arts. “Our ultimate goal is to calm traffic. Our ultimate goal is to revitalize University Place neighborhood. This is a great start for that, but there’s more discussions that need to be had.”

Rosso said the area between Cleveland and Adams streets will be closed to all traffic for a short time, but the rest of the construction area will have at least one lane open at all times.

And Rosso said this open house is helping the city talk with business owners about what they can do to work together to minimize negative impacts.

“We hope to have minimal disruption, but it’s still a construction project, so there’s things going on all the time,” Rosso said. “We’ll work with the contractor and maintain access all the time. We’ll have signs for how people can get around, and that’s part of the contractor’s job as well.”

Business owners were helping to brainstorm ideas for how to keep customers in the area.

Shaw said this could eventually be a positive thing for the area, but it could be a few years before businesses see those benefits.

“I’m just more concerned about the future,” he said. “What happens to University Place after this?”

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