But Wait, There’s More!

January 24, 2012 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

If you were annoyed by the amount of road construction—and related road closures and detours—in 2011, you’re going to hate 2012. Lincoln has a whopping 44 projects coming up in 2012, touching 17.4 miles on 95.5 blocks. Compare that to 2011’s 16 projects over 7.2 miles and 46.5 blocks. You can see the details for yourself (PDF). Some of the highlights include:

  • Milling and overlay work Downtown, plus 7 new traffic signals
  • “Microsurfacing” on several streets, a procedure that is supposed to be a lower-cost way to extend the life of streets
  • South 56th Street from Randolph to A, and Pioneers Blvd. from 48th to 56th, are being widened to 2+1
  • A whole bunch of water and sewer upgrades and maintenance

Personally I find all the construction to be a beautiful thing. It’s a pleasant change from not long ago when we hardly saw any road work, leaving us with many areas of woefully under-maintained infrastructure around town. Judging by, say, the comments section at JournalStar.com and social media venues like Twitter and Facebook, I may be one of very few who feel that way.

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JT January 24, 2012 at 2:02pm

Exactly right, road construction is a good sign that we’re finally catching up with some deferred maintenance. Also, hopefully it will spread my edict that you’re not allowed to complain about potholes and roadwork.

Gene January 24, 2012 at 2:15pm

I dig it too.

Fletch January 24, 2012 at 3:13pm

That’s what makes this city great! When they don’t touch the roads, people bitch and moan about potholes and rough roads and bumpy rides. When they work on making the roads better, people bitch about lane closures and detours.

I have to think, with all the lists that Lincoln has been placed on lately, that we’d rank high on the list of bitchiest cities in the US.

I try so hard not to read the comments at the LJS online. Every time I do, I feel a small part of my brain dies.

I am in favor of road construction. My only complaint would be that I think sometimes the city doesn’t plan right, and they put 2 or 3 projects close together and disrupt the flow more than they should.

For example, if you want to close part of a street to widen or resurface, it’s easy to figure out the ways people will logically drive around that detour. You shouldn’t close adjacent streets or the nearest parallel major streets at the same time.

All in all, I am a big fan. Just sad that 56th from Old Cheney to Pine Lake Road didn’t make the list (yet). I don’t drive it a lot, but wow - it is the worst street I can think of off the top of my head.

peter January 24, 2012 at 5:50pm

It would be nice if they would finish what they’ve started.  How long has the south end of the Antelope Parkway been under construction?  Partly open for traffic recently, but still no sidewalks.

N Street at the Golds Building has been torn up since summer, and is causing a re-routing almost every bus route.  Most mornings, like this morning,  no one is there working.  The bus drivers have had it.

Just Thinkin' January 24, 2012 at 10:24pm

I encounter at least 4 construction zones twice each day during the work week. They do not significantly delay my commute. On S. 14th Street by the State Pen, a very busy four lane road is reduced to two. I will be thrilled when they are finished. I like to drive on safe streets and not hear my transmission fall out of the car when I hit a pot hole.

meatball January 25, 2012 at 4:40am

I travel to and from work daily through that construction zone on S. 14th by the pen. I would almost swear that traffic flows through the two lanes better than it did when it was four lanes. Is it because of the quasi-roundabout that keeps traffic flowing (except for the occasional yahoo who still hasn’t figured out that Yield doesn’t mean Stop), rather than starting and stopping so that it seems like I’m moving through there quicker? Or is traffic truly moving through there better than before? I don’t usually go through that area in the morning until about 8:10-8:15, which is after the worst of the morning traffic.

When they first started alerting drivers about that bridge replacement and the electronic signs went up announcing the project’s imminent start, I was sure I’d be looking for an alternative route. I figured heading over to Hwy 77 or backtracking to 27th St. still would be faster than two lanes of traffic through the construction zone. I’ve been completely pleasantly surprised.

Fletch January 25, 2012 at 6:32pm

Is the roundabout a temporary thing during the construction, or will that be left behind?

Mr. Wilson January 25, 2012 at 7:39pm

I haven’t been through that area in quite a while, but the last time I was there the roundabout was very obviously temporary. It was only there because of some bridge work and the awkwardness of the location of the lane restrictions.

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