UNL’s 50 construction projects will reroute Husker students and fans
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — In an effort to renew aging facilities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, more than 50 construction projects are underway.
The North Stadium expansion project, which includes training and workout facilities, will wrap up before next year’s football season.
And the Veterans’ Tribute will be done soon. A grand opening is set for fans to visit Memorial Mall near Stadium Loop.
“The second (home) game, on the September 11th weekend, is when the Veterans’ Tribute, will fully open up,” said Brooke Hay, University of Nebraska assistant vice president of facilities, planning and capital programs. “We would really invite people to come and see that and see what a nice complement it is to the Memorial Stadium.”
Closings on the northeast side of the stadium due to the expansion will be similar to last season.
“But we really focus on having the maximum amount of pedestrian walkways available,” Hay said.
The biggest impact to roads will be along 16th and Vine Streets, where the $115 million Kiewit Hall is being built for UNL’s College of Engineering program. The side of Vine closest to the Abel-Sandoz residence hall will continue to be closed until the project is completed by January 2024.
“Just reduced lanes, which means slowing down, taking more time to get through those areas,” Hay said. “We also have some similar impact along 16th Street down by the Scott Engineering Center in Nebraska Hall.”
Future plans include demolishing Piper and Architecture Halls.
Tenth and Q will be impacted when the second phase of Architecture Hall begins in the fall, but students will have alternate routes.
“Architecture Hall, when we start that demolition, we’re removing the stacks on the north end of the building and replacing them,” Hay said. “That will affect the sidewalk along 10th Street during the academic year. That walkway will be open for football games and special events.”
As for East Campus, there are no external construction plans to affect the flow of traffic on or off the streets.
The primary focus for now is City Campus.
With fall classes starting on Monday, crews will be pulling back and cleaning up the landscape over the weekend.
And this football season, with the opening of the Veterans’ Tribute, Memorial Stadium won’t be the only memorial Husker fans can experience.