Papillion is hosting an open house Thursday about construction on Washington Street.
The public will discuss the widening of Washington Street, also known as 84th Street, from Cedardale Road to Capehart Road. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the first floor meeting room in Midlands Hospital, 11111 S. 84th St.
Representatives from the City of Papillion, Nebraska Department of Roads and Sarpy County will be in attendance to answer questions and take comments about the project.
“The goal is to receive comments, and answer any questions or concerns,” said Papillion spokesman Darren Carlson.
The project, expected to begin this spring, will widen nearly two miles of Washington Street. The project will be completed in two phases, with each phase taking about one year.
The reconstruction project isn’t the only roadwork Washington Street will see this year.
On Jan. 2, Gov. Dave Heineman said the State of Nebraska would give funding to the city for a resurfacing project. The state-funded project will give $1.5 million toward asphalt resurfacing between Cedardale and Giles roads. The city will be responsible for providing an additional $250,000 toward the project. The resurfacing project is expected to be completed this summer.
The reconstruction project is designed to allow for increased capacity and reduce congestion and delays. It’s also intended to enhance pedestrian facilities and increase the safety of the corridor.
South of Schram Road, 84th Street will be widened from its existing two lanes to three lanes, with one lane in each direction and a center turn lane.
North of Schram Road, Washington Street will be widened from the existing two and three lanes to four lanes. There will be two through lanes in each direction with dual left-turn lanes and a right-turn lane at the intersections of Gold Coast Road and at Highway 370.
During construction, there will be limited access to Washington Street, Carlson said.
Roadways around the area will be closed to traffic with detours around the project area. Local access will be provided for residents and businesses who have direct access to roadways under construction.
The city has coordinated with all emergency medical services in the area that transport to Midlands Hospital, which is located along the construction project. They will continue to work together to keep routes available for use at all times.
The main entrance of Midlands Hospital will be relocated from Washington Street to east of Washington Street on Gold Coast Road.
The project is estimated to cost $7.9 million. The cost includes accompanying road infrastructure such as lights, sewer, trails and pedestrian access.
Four-fifths of the funding will come from the Federal Highway Administration and the Nebraska Department of Roads. The remaining 20 percent of the funding will be shared by Sarpy County, the City of Papillion and Sanitary Improvement District No. 246, the Shadow Lake subdivision.
Design plans, specifications, the project schedule and other information can be found in advance at papillion.org.
Questions regarding the meeting can be directed to City Engineer Jeff Thompson at 402-898-9092 or to Public Works Director Marty Leming at 402-597-2044.