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May 12, 2011

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Sheridan Boulevard ripped up for makeover

by Deena Winter

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Sheridan Boulevard, which runs through the lovely Country Club Neighborhood, is getting a makeover that will take several months.
Detour signs went up Monday and the road is being torn up between South Street and 27th Street. The city is doing a mill and overlay, new curbs and gutters and some new sidewalks from South Street all the way to Calvert Street. The $1.2 million project is being paid for with city wheel tax dollars.

I was surprised Sheridan rose to the top of the list of importance, given there are many, many worse-looking streets in Lincoln. But a few years ago, when I had the same question about why the road in front of my house made it on the city’s to-do list, I was told some streets are so far gone that it really doesn’t make sense to just resurface them. And the city can’t afford to totally redo them, so less damaged roads get done first. So there you go.

The project was originally scheduled to be done in 2010 with federal stimulus money until city officials realized they wouldn’t be able to meet the feds’ aggressive “shovel ready” deadlines given the Country Club Neighborhood’s recent national historic designation. The historic designation requires that the impact on the district be examined first.

The Sheridan Boulevard work is expected to last four or five months.

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  1. May 12 2011

    The Sheridan project smells funny. I am one of many who have been waiting for South 56th between Old Cheney & Shadow Pines to be expanded & resurfaced. It is MUCH worse than ANY part of Sheridan.

    Wonder what reason the city might give for the delay down south when our Sheridan friends move ahead? You want to track that one down, Deena?

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    • May 12 2011

      Could have something to do with the fact that Sheridan is in Cook’s district, and 56th is in Camp’s district… Cook is a Democrat, like the mayor, and is more apt to get pork-barrel projects in his district. Bring home the bacon, baby!

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  2. Roberta
    May 12 2011

    For the same reason 27th Stree doesn’t get widened between South and HWY 2

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  3. Dan Bretta
    May 12 2011

    I’m in Cook’s district and my street isn’t getting done..and it sorely needs it. I’d also like some sidewalks..we don’t have any. My neighborhood was built in the 1940s and for some reason 34th street never got sidewalks….33rd street has them, 35th street has them, but none on 34th…I’d like some sidewalks.

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  4. Brad
    May 12 2011

    A suggestion for a street that needs repaving more than Sheridan would be Capital Parkway from South to downtown. The potholes make it a real obstacle course! Why is 19th(?) from Kaplan U going north getting so much attention? Is this the “gateway” to UNL campus?

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  5. pirgirl
    May 12 2011

    drove that stretch of Capitol Parkway and it is horrible, thought the wheels would fall off the car. Brad- 19th north – the descriptions given Antelope Valley meetings all tese years – this will be the new Sheridan Blvd ……hmmm just missing a few things – like mansions, etc.

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