Mayor Don Wesely announced today that one span of the pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the ballpark and the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln will open for the Lincoln Saltdogs first home baseball game of the season Sunday, May 26. The city Public Works and Utilities Department has made arrangements with the contractor to open the west bridge span at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Sunday’s Saltdog baseball game begins at 5:05.
"This bridge is a key part of the entire Haymarket Park project," said Mayor Wesely. "The bridge will be part of our excellent trail system and will also provide access all year to the parking areas at the ballpark."
The west bridge span will be open for the Memorial Day weekend baseball series between the Lincoln Saltdogs and Sioux Falls Canaries. Beginning Tuesday, May 28, the bridge will be closed during the day to allow the contractor to complete construction on both spans. The project is scheduled to be completed July 1, and dedication ceremonies will be scheduled that month.
The bridge will be closed for about half an hour on four nights for fireworks displays at the end of Saltdog games. Those nights are Monday, May 27; Friday, July 5; Saturday July 6; and Thursday, August 29.
The two side-by-side spans of the bridge are 265 feet long and enter the Haymarket area on 8th Street north and east of the main Post Office. The project cost about $4.5 million. U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter was instrumental in securing $3.5 million in federal funds, and the Railroad Transportation Safety District provided $1 million.