Updating the Wrong Road

July 21, 2011 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

As a frequent user of Pioneers Boulevard I’m very pleased that it’s being upgraded from 33rd to 56th Streets. It is receiving a new surface and a new center turn lane. Both are convenience items, although one could argue that the ridiculously bumpy surface in some areas represents a safety concern.

As nice as the new road will be, I can’t help but feel like at least some of the resources could have been put to better use elsewhere. 56th Street from Old Cheney to Pine Lake comes to mind. I realize that’s a different sort of project—full widening rather than Pioneers’ simpler needs—but it’s one that’s been needed for many years.

And Pioneers isn’t the only street that feels like it might be getting love out of turn. Was Sheridan Boulevard really in such terrible shape that it couldn’t have waited a while longer?

I understand there are oodles of factors that go into which streets receive improvements and when. Many of those factors are probably very frustrating to local roads folks. My point isn’t that decision-makers are wrong about these streets. I don’t have the expertise to claim something like that. But it does kind of feel wrong, doesn’t it? And that’s where local frustration comes from. People see Street A getting an improvement while Street B waits and waits ... and waits, and they start to grumble and mumble.

I’m curious how many street projects are going on around town right now that you think could have or should have waited. Likewise, which projects should (in your opinion) be happening but aren’t?

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Steve July 21, 2011 at 5:32pm

You’ll have to wait until 2013 for S 56th

http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/projects/design/56ocpl/

peter July 21, 2011 at 6:43pm

The resurfacing of L Street between 18th and 21st, and the extension of the Antelope Valley parkway, which will cross L in that area,  have been underway, it seems, for nearly a year and most mornings I see no one working.  It’s taking forever.

Errandbug Restaurant Delivery July 23, 2011 at 5:11am

Widening of 27th in the country club area.  and 48th all the way through.  Might as well throw 40th in there also. 

Crazy how the COMPLETELY OBVIOUS roads that need expanded and “convenience” items installed get completely taken off the table and silly stuff gets done instead.

That being said…we do have 100% better roads then a lot of roads in Omaha or Kansas City.  Of course they do have 200-400% more roads to deal with!

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