City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that the pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting Haymarket Park with downtown Lincoln has been named the Bereuter Pedestrian Bridge in honor of former U.S. Congressman Doug Bereuter. Bereuter represented Nebraska’s First Congressional District from 1979 until he retired from the office in 2004. At today’s City Council meeting, Mayor Seng presented Bereuter with a plaque that replicates the bronze plaques that will be placed at each end of the bridge.
“Congressman Bereuter was instrumental in securing $3.5 million in federal funds for this important project, which was key to the development of Haymarket Park,” said Mayor Seng. “That is just one of the many projects he has championed for the City of Lincoln and for our state. The bridge is being named for him as a sign of our appreciation for his many years of dedicated service and his contributions to our quality of life.”
The bridge was opened in the summer of 2002 as part of the City’s trail system. It was funded through federal dollars and about $1 million from the Railroad Transportation Safety District. 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.
Bereuter, who was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee, is now the President of The Asia Foundation headquartered in San Francisco. The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports programs that help improve governance and law, economic reform and development, women’s empowerment and international relations.