City of Lincoln
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today officially opened the new railroad overpass at 3rd and A streets at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. She was joined by representatives of the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD), the South Salt Creek neighborhood and others involved in the project, which includes other traffic and pedestrian improvements in the area.
The City has been working to find a solution to the increased rail traffic in this neighborhood since the 1980s, said Mayor Seng. With the leadership of the RTSD and the cooperation of residents, we have improved safety, access and the quality of life in this important area of town.
In 1997, the City and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) began to plan for the addition of a second track along the 3rd Street corridor. (The second track was installed in the last 1990s.) The RTSD initiated the project and worked closely with the City Urban Development and Public Works and Utilities Departments.
A strong emphasis was placed on public involvement, including a door-to-door survey and a series of public meetings, said Wynn Hjermstad, Manager of the Community Development Division of the City Urban Development Department. It was very important to everyone involved with the project that the historic character of the South Salt Creek be maintained and that the project help revitalize this area of the neighborhood.
The new overpass extends from 1st Street to just west of 5th Street. To minimize the impact to homes on the north side of A Street, the new overpass was constructed south of A Street. The street now serves as a frontage road for access to homes along the north side.
Other related improvements included: