Mayor Don Wesely today thanked U.S. Representative Doug Bereuter for his hard work to secure federal funding for a pedestrian link between the city’s new ballpark and the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln. The Transportation Appropriation Conference Report filed today by House and Senate conferees includes $3.5 million for the project.
"Congress must still approve the appropriation, but the fact that the House and Senate have agreed on this report makes passage very likely," said Mayor Wesely. "Congressman Bereuter has always been a champion of Lincoln and its downtown core, and this is no exception. All citizens of Lincoln should be grateful for his efforts to improve the quality of life in our city."
Haymarket Park, now under construction, is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2001. It will be home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln baseball and softball teams and the "Lincoln Saltdogs," a new Northern League baseball team. The project is the result of a partnership among the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska and Lincoln Professional Baseball.
"It’s the final piece of the puzzle for a great project," said Charlie Meyer, President of Lincoln Professional Baseball. “With this funding assurance, we can proceed with the final design.”
The link will be about 265 feet long and will enter the Haymarket area on Eighth Street north and east of the main Post Office. The overpass will allow for both pedestrian and bicycle traffic and will become part of the city’s trail system.