South 48th from Pioneers Boulevard to Highway 2 reopening early

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 10:29 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Highway 2 to Pioneers Boulevard has been shut down since May 4th. The city of Lincoln thought the project would take three months to finish, but instead, it just took one.

This section of 48th street is part of the “Lincoln on the Move Project.” The community placed it as a high-priority project in 2019.

“Very excited to see 48th Street being finished up,” said Jennifer Northouse, who lives in the area.

City engineers say finishing projects early is a rarity. “I can probably only count on one hand how many times we’ve been able to do that,” said Thomas Shafer, the City Engineer with Lincoln Transportation and Utilities.

Changes made in the project include easily accessible curbs for people with disabilities, more visible street markings, flashing crossing signals and new asphalt, which makes the road smoother.

10/11 crews have been to S. 48th St. before, a street notorious for potholes and bumpy driving. Neighbors, including kids, said they’ve noticed drivers dodging potholes, too.

“I would just see these cars just bouncing along, and most of the time, I was just thinking one of the times they were going to bounce the wrong way and hit a car,” said 10-year-old Jackson Northouse.

The city credits nice weather and the surrounding community for helping the project move along quickly.

“Allowing us to close the road down completely is one of the reasons that helped us get us done this early by giving the contractor time to have more room to work, giving him a longer stretch to work in,” said Shafer.

Those that live in the area said they now have a new reason to enjoy their neighborhood. “It’s going to really make a difference, and we’re going to be happy,” said Norma DeBoer.

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