Mayor Don Wesely today announced that Senator Ben Nelson and the other members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation have been successful in including $300,000 in the fiscal year 2002 Energy and Water appropriations bill for construction of the flood control portion of the Antelope Valley Project. The city was also notified October 31 that the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) has given final approval to the project’s traffic plan, clearing the way for construction.
“We appreciate the work of Senator Nelson and the rest of our delegation on behalf of this important public works project, which will have a major positive impact on our community,” said Mayor Wesely. “Additional federal funding will be needed, but with this initial investment in construction and the final approval of our plans by the FHwA, we are well on our way to making the Antelope Valley Project a reality.”
“I am particularly proud of this venture between the City of Lincoln, UNL, the NRD and the federal government, and I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Wesely as this project moves towards completion,” said Senator Nelson.
Antelope Valley is a flood control, transportation and neighborhood revitalization project in the core of Lincoln. It is expected to be completed over the next 20 years.
The addition of the construction funding in the bill brings the total amount appropriated by the Energy and Water Committee to $700,000. Planning funds of $400,000 had already been included. The conference report now goes to the U.S. House and Senate floors for final approval. President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
The FHwA’s approval of the city’s environmental impact statement for the Antelope Valley Project means the next phase of the project can begin. That phase includes development of the final detailed construction plans and acquisition of the rights-of-way.