A portion of Pacific Street will be closed for 21 hours this weekend as part of a bridge maintenance project on the busy east-west roadway.
From 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday, workers will pour a concrete deck on the north side of the bridge over the Big Papillion Creek.
The closing of Pacific Street from Interstate 680 to about 105th Street for less than a day will minimize inconvenience to motorists, said Harry Owen of the city's Public Works Department.
When the roadway is reopened Sunday, he said, the south side will continue to be used while concrete on the north side cures in approximately 14 to 28 days.
A concrete pumper truck will be parked on the south lanes for the operation, prompting the shutdown of Pacific Street.
Switching traffic from the south side to north side should be a smooth process after the concrete hardens, Owen said.
“When that change is made, crews will begin work on the south half of the bridge,'' Owen said. “The north half of the bridge will also be closed sometime in the future when we pour the south half.''
The $1.7 million project began in mid-February and is scheduled to be finished Nov. 15.
About 35,000 vehicles cross the bridge near 105th Street daily.
Besides the maintenance work, workers are upgrading pedestrian access to the bridge.