Downtown streets will undergo
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[APRIL 1, 2004]
Downtown Lincoln will soon
begin taking on a fresh look for this summer. Long-planned work will
begin on streets around the square. Pulaski from Sherman to Logan,
Broadway from Hamilton to Logan, McLean from Broadway to Pulaski,
and Kickapoo from Pekin to Clinton streets will be completely
The majority of the project is 80
percent funded by a federal grant for arterials in town. A small
section of McLean Street is not included, as it is not considered a
major arterial. Motor fuel taxes pay the city’s portion of the
The top 2˝ inches of the streets will
be milled off, potholes will be patched and a new surface will be
put down. Leveling binder and a new process that holds marking paint
better will be used. Crosswalks and parking lines will be applied
using preformed thermal strips that melt and bond to the surface
for greater durability. While a little more costly in the
application, the savings will come in the long run.
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City Engineer Mark Mathon said that
work should not be too disruptive to driving downtown. Each stage of
the work will be performed one street, one day at a time. All of the
milling will be done one street at a time, then all the overlays
will be put down location by location.
Some curbing and gutter will be
repaired and side ramps completed with the project.
expected to begin within five weeks. First a contractor bid must be
chosen and then notice of acceptance posted.