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2005 Media Releases

July 12, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939
Beth Thacker, Great Plains Trails Network, 483-0514

Fund Raising Launched For Trail Bridge Over North 27th

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that a new fund-raising effort is under way for the construction of a trail bridge over North 27th Street. The Great Plains Trails Network is spearheading the campaign for the MOPAC Trail Bridge, which will cross 27th Street near “Y” Street. The $1.76 million bridge will be funded through donations, grants and tax-increment financing generated by redevelopment on North 27th Street.

“The MOPAC Trail Bridge will be a very important addition to our outstanding trail system,” said Mayor Seng. “This link will provide a safe crossing for trail users over busy 27th Street as well as a connection between the downtown and east campuses of the University. It also is an important component of the Antelope Valley Project because it connects four major trails along its corridor.”

The Mayor also announced that Heartland Optical will open a new business at the corner of 27th and Apple streets. The new business and the trail bridge both are included in the North 27th Street Redevelopment Plan the City completed in September 2002. The plan is a guide for redevelopment along the North 27th Street corridor from “N” Street on the south to the viaduct over the railroad tracks on the north.

“It is important that we move this bridge project forward because of the safety issues involved,” said Lynn Johnson, City Parks and Recreation Director. “It also is important that we have matching funds available to apply for grants through the Federal Enhancement Program. That program has provided funding for many trail projects in and around Lincoln, including the 27th Street bridges for the Rock Island, Bison, Antelope Creek, Jamaica North and Homestead trails.”

Johnson thanked the GPTN for pledging $125,000 for the bridge project. The City will apply for $500,000 in federal grants, and other grant applications are pending. The tax increment financing generated from redevelopment on North 27th could provide an additional $1 million. Tax-deductible contributions for the bridge can be made through the Nebraska Trails Foundation, 5000 North 7th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521.

The City of Lincoln owns the trail corridor. Sections from 18th to 19th streets and from 24th to 33rd streets were purchased from the Union Pacific in 2001 for $250,000, with half of that provided by GPTN.

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