Omahans will get the opportunity next week to learn about a midtown Dodge Street improvement project set to begin this summer.
City of Omaha engineers will lay out the plans and respond to questions April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dundee Elementary School library, 310 N. 51st St.
The meeting had been scheduled for tonight, but a power outage in the area shut down Dundee Elementary and postponed the meeting to April 18.
The project will upgrade pedestrian areas on both sides of Dodge Street between 50th and 52nd Streets and overlay new asphalt from 40th to 52nd Streets. City funds will pay for the $500,000 project, which is scheduled to start after July 4 and wrap up by mid-October.
A 6-foot sidewalk will be poured. Some retaining walls will be replaced with poured-in-place concrete structures. Pedestrian lighting will be added.
The north side of Dodge will be constructed first, with traffic shifted one lane to the south. The middle lane will be used as a westbound lane during this phase of the project.
The south side will be constructed next, with traffic shifted one lane to the north. The middle lane will become eastbound.
The plan is to minimize the impact during peak traffic hours; evening and overnight construction will be part of the work. Engineers estimate that Dodge Street handles an average of nearly 40,000 vehicles a day.
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