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November 8, 2010


27th Street closures to continue, possibly into December

by Deena Winter

If you’ve driven on 27th Street through the Country Club lately, you’ve probably been detoured.
Lincoln Electric System has been working in the area since mid-July to bury power lines on 27th from South Street to Calvert Street, detouring 27th Street traffic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Construction Supervisor Dave Brozek said they’d hoped to finish work by Thanksgiving, but they’re now expecting work won’t wrap up until mid-December at the latest.
Brozek said it’s taking longer than anticipated due to the difficulty of finding accurate infrastructure records for water and sewer lines, for example, in the historic area.
It’s all part of the City Council’s edict a few years ago directing LES to spend about a million dollars per year burying power lines – to avoid downed power lines and cut down on visual clutter on streets. Other cable, gas and phone lines are also being buried in the process, Brozek said.
LES has moved power lines underground in areas such as South Street from 45th to 66th streets, and Brozek said it makes a big difference, aesthetically.
“I think it looks much nicer,” he said.
He said 27th Street is just too narrow to leave open during work.
“The one thing we can’t do is slow the cars down,” he said.
After the power lines are buried, LES will be upgrading the street lighting system from wood poles to steel poles fed by underground wires on 27th Street from South Street to Calvert Street. In addition, the Country Club Neighborhood Association plans to install decorative street lighting in the area.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Peggy Green
    Nov 8 2010

    Have you access to the amount of sales tax revenue for September 2010 compared to 2009? Lincoln and Grand Island? I have been curious about the change since the State Fair moved to G.I.. I believe they bragged about an increase in Lincoln for August. Have not heard anything about Sept.

  2. No whiners
    Nov 8 2010

    The State Fair is gone. It’s closer to the heart of Nebraska’s agricultural community, where it belongs. I’m very happy we traded that relic from the 19th century for Innovation Campus, an institution of the 21st century.

  3. Nov 9 2010

    Peggy, I have not seen Lincoln’s September numbers but I will see if they’re out (they generally don’t come out for two months).

  4. Roger Yant
    Nov 10 2010

    No Whiners, again another no name person. History, tradition is what was fought for keeping the fair in Lincoln. It is the cities loss, $30 million a year revenue out of State Fair park for Lincoln, 835 loss of full time and part time jobs. I am 100% behind a Innovation Campus that the University wanted, but there are many spots it could have gone that would not have ruined the fair. The trouble is what ever the University wants, the city and state give them, they have way to much power. We the tax payers fund the university to a tune of over $350 million a year. It should have been put to a vote of the people in the state.


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