Nearly $4 million worth of road work will be temporarily closing some Grand Island streets and intersections this summer and fall.
The work is collectively known as the “Various Locations Resurfacing Project” at the city because it’s being done at five different places:
- Independence Ave. (between Capital and Hwy 2) - Blaine St. (Garland to Beltline Trail north of Stolley Park) - North Road (13th to State) - Broadwell Ave. (Anna to State) - First Street (Walnut to Sycamore)
Construction could last into late fall depending on location and work being done.
Project Manager Scott Griepenstroh says Grand Island went after federal dollars three years ago. Now they’re set to start working on what will be 4.5 miles of new pavement.
“The good thing about it being in federal funds is we actually are adding a little bit of structure, a little more thickness to the road than what we typically do when we do our own locally-funded resurfacing project,” says Griepenstroh.
The First Street work is first up, starting on Monday, April 28. City officials say closures there mean drivers may find it hard to turn north.
“While we’re doing the work on First Street, when we’re doing the reconstruction, we’ll have eastbound Highway 30 traffic reduced down to one lane, and the intersections at Walnut, Wheeler, Pine, and Sycamore will be closed to northbound traffic,” says Griepenstroh, noting that Locust Street will stay open as a crossing.
GI Building Department Director Craig Lewis says those closures will make getting into City Hall tricky.
The circle drive will be open, but only from Pine Street, and cars will come into the utility bill drop box off Sycamore going the wrong way. It’s doable, but Lewis recommends paying bills by mail, online, or at local banks that accept utility payment drop-offs for the city: Great Western, Five Points, Union, and Equitable.
“Have a little patience, and I would encourage you not to wait until the very last minute to pay a utility bill because we usually have a pretty good traffic crowd on Fridays; at the end of the week everyone wants to pay before the end of the pay period is up,” says Lewis.
Besides resurfacing, some roads will be totally rebuilt, and crews will do sidewalk and manhole work in a few areas as well. Griepenstroh says residents and businesses should be ready to slow down and detour.
“So at those other locations, people will need to anticipate from time to time that we’ll have lane closures, we may have flagged traffic where people have to stop and wait,” he says.
Griepenstroh says they want to keep residents updated on the progress and potential closures. They’re doing that on the city website with maps and schedules.