If you're heading to Saturday's Husker game expect some traffic tie-ups in downtown Lincoln. A $5 million construction project has started along P Street from North 11th to Centennial Mall.
City officials are closing lanes in order to widen sidewalks and increase foot traffic. "An area that we can make an inviting, vibrant pedestrian district with its strong retail and entertainment background with its business mix," said Todd Ogden of the Downtown Lincoln Association.
"It's really the spine that connects downtown with the historic Haymarket and Antelope Valley on the east. Really going to make it much more pedestrian-friendly.”
Some business owners say it won't do much to help their establishments. "I think as far as increasing foot traffic, we'll have to wait and see on that," said Gary Haun, a barber at the Captain’s Chair. “I've never once had a customer come in here and say I really wished the sidewalks were wider. I think over time it will be fine. In the short term it will obviously hurt business by taking away parking.”
The cones will stay up for future Nebraska home games, too. The project, which will add more greenery and benches, is expected to take until next August.