Crown Point

The City of Omaha plans to resurface and otherwise improve Crown Point Avenue between 72nd Street and Blair High Road. A public meeting on preliminary plans will take place Thursday at Northwest High School.

The City of Omaha will have a show and tell for the public today about big ideas for northwest Omaha's bumpy Crown Point Avenue.

The city plans to completely resurface the worn out Crown Point from 72nd Street to Blair High Road in 2020. There's a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School on possible alternative designs, including adding bike lanes. City staff will show their ideas and alternative plans. They hope the public will tell them what they think of the ideas.

"The entire stretch needs be completely repaved as soon as possible," said City Councilman Pete Festersen, who will attend the meeting.

The city has penciled in $6.7 million for the project in its capital improvement plan, the bulk of the money for construction in 2020. The planned work "also creates the opportunity to examine whether it can accommodate multiple modes of transportation, including bikes, pedestrians and public transit," Festersen said.

The street goes past Northwest High School on its way past residential subdivisions and businesses. It's near a planned extension of the Keystone recreational trail.

Public works officials will give a presentation on alternatives at 5:45 p.m. People should enter the Northwest High parking lot using the east driveway, and enter through the southeast door.

The city says the purpose of the project is to replace the pavement on Crown Point Avenue, upgrade sidewalks and curb ramps and "re-purpose the existing width of the road to accommodate multiple modes of transportation." The project will also incorporate principles from Omaha’s Complete Streets policy, the city said in a news release.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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