180th and Blondo map

Douglas County engineers will hold a public meeting next month on a $30 million proposed improvement project to the 180th and Blondo Streets and West Maple Road area.

The project cost will be split, with the federal government paying for 80 percent and Douglas County covering the rest, said Tom McDonald of the Douglas County Engineer’s Office.

The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at West Dodge Station Elementary School, 18480 California St.

“This project has been in the works for about 10 years,’’ McDonald said. “It’s kind of languished for a while. But it’s moving ahead real well right now.”

Heavy traffic use north of West Dodge Road on 192nd and 168th Streets is helping push the project off the back burner, McDonald said.

The proposed project, which will be done in two phases, will widen 180th Street from two lanes to four lanes roughly between Blondo Street and a little north of West Maple Road.

The work would begin in early 2019 and wrap up by the end of 2022. It will include a bridge system spanning the Old Lincoln Highway, Union Pacific Railroad tracks and West Papillion Creek from just north of West Dodge Road to Blondo Street.

Also, Blondo will be widened from two lanes to four lanes, and a bridge will be upgraded in the area of 180th Street.

Traffic will be detoured at times during the work, engineers said, and the Old Lincoln Highway will be closed during part of the project.

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

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