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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 resurfaced.

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 project.

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.

Work is expected to begin within five weeks. First a contractor bid must be chosen and then notice of acceptance posted.

[Jan Youngquist]

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