Third Open House Planned for N.W. 48th Street Project

The public is invited to participate in the third open house for the N.W. 48th Street widening project from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street.

The two-lane street will become a four-lane divided road between West Holdrege Street and Highway 34. South of West Holdrege Street, the street will be widened to six lanes to match the proposed interchange project by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR).

Based on comments from the first two public meetings and stakeholder feedback, the South Option East alternative was selected for the segment between West Vine and West Adams streets.

At the meeting, the design team will share the locations where the City proposes to acquire additional right-of-way and/or easements to construct the project from West Vine to West Adams.

A display also will be available to update the public on progress for the segment between West Vine and West Adams streets. The segment between West Adams and Highway 34 is currently going through the environmental permitting process. This segment has the potential to impact Bowling Lake Park as well as trails.

Representatives from the City Public Works and Utilities Department and its consultants will discuss the project, answer questions and receive feedback.

No formal presentation is planned. Those unable to attend the meeting can participate online at (keyword: nw48). NDOR representatives also will be present to answer questions about its adjacent Interstate interchange project, which is separate from the City roadway project.

Project design began last year and will be substantially complete by the end of 2014. Construction from West Vine to West Adams streets is tentatively scheduled to take place in 2015, depending on the right-of-way acquisition process.

For more information about the meeting, contact Lisa Sedivy, Olsson Associates, at 402-458-5992. Those attending should park north of the school and enter through door #10.