City officials opening yard

The maintenance yard that Mayor Jean Stothert and other city officials opened Wednesday will be responsible for the area from east of 52nd Street and north of Leavenworth Street.

City officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $5.25 million street maintenance yard at 18th and Jaynes Streets, in northeast Omaha.

The maintenance yard will be responsible for the area from east of 52nd Street and north of Leavenworth Street.

Previously, city maintenance employees serving northeast Omaha had worked out of a yard at North 26th and Lake Streets.

The anti-graffiti team and a satellite division of sewer maintenance also will be based at the Jaynes Street yard, officials said. Prairie Construction Co. of Omaha began work on the new yard more than a year ago.

Among those attending the ribbon-cutting were Mayor Jean Stothert, City Council President Ben Gray and street maintenance engineer Austin Rowser.

Rowser called the new yard “a state-of-the-art facility.’’

It includes an almost 20,000-square-foot garage that will house equipment, vehicles and office space; a 16,000-square-foot materials building; and a 1,000-square-foot brine-mixing facility that serves a 90,000-gallon brine storage tank.

“It’s a more modern facility that will allow us to get out on the main routes sooner in northeast Omaha,’’ Rowser said. “It’s much more efficient from a traffic standpoint.’’

The city’s Public Works Department also operates street maintenance yards at 96th and F Streets, 52nd and Dayton Streets, 87th and Vernon Streets, and 205th Street and Park Road in Elkhorn.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1259, jay.withrow@owh.com

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