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November 26, 2014
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Devin Biesecker, City of Lincoln, 402-937-5515
Stephanie Rittershaus, Alfred Benesch & Company, 402-479-2200

Open House to Present Final Penny Bridge Replacement Design

The public is invited to an open house Thursday, December 4 on the final design for the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard just west of 33rd Street. The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons/cafeteria area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St.

The side-by-side Penny Bridges were built in 1934 to carry Sheridan Boulevard traffic over the railroad, which is now a trail. They were built on both sides of a wooden trestle which carried streetcar tracks over the railroad. The bridges got their name because the streetcar fare increased a penny if you rode past the trestle. The trolley operated from 1909 to 1945.

A citizen advisory committee worked with the design team on the project. The open house will be an opportunity for the public to view displays of the team's final designs and learn about how the replacement bridges will be constructed. Information also will be presented regarding access during construction, detours, project schedule and timing.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments regarding improvements. Following the open house, designs will be finalized and prepared for bid. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015.

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