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Date:
July 1, 2005
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Invites Public To Tour Antelope Valley Progress

Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites the public to take part in free tours of the Antelope Valley Project area Saturday, July 9 to see the progress of construction. A bike tour begins at 8 a.m., and bus tours begin at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The tours will take about 90 minutes each. Those on the bike tour must wear helmets. All three tours begin at Lincoln High School, 2229 “J” Street. Parking is available in the school’s north lot.

The Antelope Valley Project includes a new flood control waterway, a safer and more efficient roadway and bridge system and investment in community revitalization efforts. When the project is completed, 961 homes, 336 commercial and industrial structures and 50 acres of University of Nebraska property will no longer be in the 100-year floodplain. The areas that were prone to flooding will be open for new private development and reinvestment opportunities. “I think many residents will be surprised at how far the project has progressed,” said Mayor Seng. “The Corps of Engineers has completed about 25 percent of the flood control channel. Those on the tour will see the new portion of the waterway, the new bridges and roadways west of the State Fairgrounds and east of the UNL campus, the new Fleming Fields Recreational Sports Park and the neighborhoods that are included in the revitalization area.”

Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations to make sure there is enough room on the buses. To reserve space or to request special assistance with translation or handicapped accessibility, call 458-5978. Reservations may also be made online. More information and maps of the Antelope Valley Project are available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov.

The Antelope Valley Project is a partnership among the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. The first phase now under way will take about six to eight years to complete.

The cost of the Antelope Valley Project is estimated at $238 million. The project is being funded through a variety of local, state and national sources. A professional market economist has projected that for every dollar spent on the project, the private sector will respond with at least three dollars of private investment and redevelopment in the project area. Another professional economic report estimated the project will produce more than $745 million of benefits, including travel time savings, construction activity and impact of the removal of the 100-year floodplain.

View the Antelope Valley advertisement.

Visit the Antelope Valley Web site.


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