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March 14, 2011

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Sheridan Boulevard to see renovations soon

by Deena Winter

Sheridan Boulevard is about to get a makeover. Not a total makeover, but a mill and overlay, new curbs and gutters and some new sidewalks from South Street to Calvert Street.

Work is scheduled to begin the first week of May and last four or five months.
The project was originally scheduled to be done with federal stimulus money, and done last year, until city officials realized they wouldn’t be able to meet the feds’ aggressive “shovel ready” deadlines given the Country Club Neighborhood’s new national historic designation. The historic designation requires that the impact on the district be examined first.

So now the $1.2 million project will now by paid for entirely with city wheel tax dollars. Some Country Club neighborhood members have questioned the decreased amount of work that will be done, given how long it’s been since the road has seen work.

At one point, the city was looking at using brick on the street, but those plans have been shelved, aside from some decorative landscaping pavers that may be removed and replaced, according to Craig Aldridge of the public works department.

Dobson Brothers was the low bidder and won the project in January.

An open house about the project will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd.

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jon Duhon
    Mar 14 2011

    Good post Deena.

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  2. in the real
    Mar 14 2011

    THANKS THANKS THANKS Deena your light years ahead of L.J.S.!!!

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  3. Grammar Police
    Mar 14 2011

    *you’re

    With spelling like that, you, too, could work at the LJS.

    Reply
  4. Brad C.
    Mar 14 2011

    I was just curious as to how much “wheel tax” money is collected by the City every year? How much of that amount is actually spent on street improvements (the wheel tax’s original purpose)? I’ve heard that the wheel tax is now put into the general fund to be used by the Mayor at his will. Got any info on this? I’m sure inquiring minds (taxpayers) would like to know.

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  5. Roberta
    Mar 15 2011

    Aren’t there worse streets and sidewalks in this City that need repair?

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  6. Jeff Kanger
    Mar 15 2011

    What is happening with the Dead Man’s Run project? Any updates?

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  7. Gene
    Mar 16 2011

    I thought the city was neglecting its infrastructure?

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  8. Mar 16 2011

    Glad they decided to start work *after* the Lincoln Marathon (barely!). http://www.lincolnrun.org/images/2011MarathonMap.pdf

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