The north half of the North 70th Street and Cornhusker Highway intersection is scheduled to close for construction at 6 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.

The westbound lanes of Cornhusker at 70th will be replaced with concrete. North 70th Street is scheduled to reopen to northbound and southbound traffic the morning of Aug. 16.

The westbound lanes of Cornhusker Highway from Russell Drive to 70th Street will remain closed for the overlay of new asphalt. The contractor, Pavers Inc., has 18 days to complete the project.

The eastbound lanes of Cornhusker Highway and 70th Street south of Cornhusker will remain open during this construction. The city of Lincoln will work with local businesses to maintain access during construction. Recommended detour routes are as follows:

* Westbound traffic: Take the 70th Street South exit off Cornhusker onto North Cotner Boulevard, which will lead to 70th Street. Go south on 70th, west on Fremont Street and north on 48th Street back to Cornhusker.

Digital message boards on Cornhusker Highway and on Interstate 80 east of the Cornhusker Highway/I-80 interchange will inform westbound drivers of the closure on Cornhusker and direct them to take I-80 to the 56th Street exit.

* Northbound traffic: To go west, use Fremont Street.

* Southbound traffic: To go west, use Fletcher Avenue or Arbor Road.

The project is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Information on all stimulus-funded projects is available on the http://lincoln.ne.gov/recovery/#s" target="_blank">city's website.

For more information, contact the Engineering Services Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department -- Erika Nunes, 402-441-5675, or Warren Wondercheck -- at 402-441-7014.