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23rd Street

The Nebraska Department of Transportation and the city plan an open house Feb. 22 at the American Legion to seek public input and comments on a proposed reconstruction of 23rd Street from just east of 33rd Avenue to East 11th Avenue just past Wal-Mart Supercenter.

COLUMBUS – One of Columbus’ primary transportation corridors is slated for a total reconstruction beginning in 2022 and state and city roads officials are asking the public for a little informational give and take on the proposed project.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Columbus American Legion, 2263 Third Ave., on the proposed reconstruction of 23rd Street (U.S. Highway 30).

State roads officials said the purpose of the open house is to provide information regarding the project and to receive the public’s comments and concerns. All interested persons are invited to attend and offer comments and questions.

Personnel from NDOR and the city will be present to answer questions and receive comments.

The NDOR has maintained a communications link with the businesses located along the busy transportation corridor and the general public for the last year or so and is continuing to follow that course, Columbus City Engineer Rick Bogus said.

The state agency is doing what it can to relieve concerns that may arise among stakeholders along the route, he said.

The proposed project would reconstruct approximately 2.69 miles the existing pavement on 23rd Street, starting just east from the junction with 33rd Avenue and extending just east of the East 11th Avenue intersection (on the east side of Wal-Mart Supercenter).

The project is tentatively slated to get underway in the spring of 2022 and be completed within two years.

The project calls for curb-to-curb removal of the existing concrete base and areas of overlaid asphalt and replacement with concrete pavement. Additional work would include new sidewalks on both sides, curb ramps, curb inlets and storm sewers. Roadway lighting and traffic signals would be updated.

Bogus said the city would be replacing sanitary sewer and water lines while the paving is ripped up.

The 23rd Street reconstruction will be done under traffic with lane closures controlled with traffic control devices. The project will be done without a detour.

At next week’s open house, there will be information tables and poster boards detailing the project, along with a Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce display table to seek public input on possible streetscape plans to provide aesthetic improvements.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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