City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
After decades of anticipation and discussion, Mayor Coleen J. Seng today broke ground for the Stevens Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer System, a project that begins the development the 52-square mile Stevens Creek Basin. The area is about two-thirds the size of Lincoln and will provide the largest development opportunity in the City’s history.
“This is a monumental day for the future of our community,” said Mayor Seng. “This pipeline lays the foundation for the long-term growth and development in Stevens Creek. Opening Stevens Creek for development has been a goal of mine since my first day as a City Council member 18 years ago. The Stevens Creek ridge has long been a barrier to Lincoln’s eastward growth. The area can not be developed until a new sanitary sewer trunk line is built. That all ends today as construction of this pipeline begins the process of building the sewer service into this vast new basin. Stevens Creek will be an important growth area for our City for many years to come. This pipeline will provide land development opportunities for housing, commercial and industrial projects for the next 50 years.
“This is the first project toward developing the I-80 corridor. The Stevens Creek area will eventually serve as Lincoln’s front door from I-80 and the future East Beltway. This project will complement the proposed future East Beltway to be constructed near 127th Street to connect I-80 and Highway 2. I always have viewed the Stevens Creek Basin as the best long-term growth opportunity for Lincoln.”
The first phase of the project will install about one mile of seven-foot, six-foot and five-foot diameter pipe from the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Facility on North 70th Street to near North 84th and Fletcher streets. Additional collector mains will be extended from the main trunk line to service future developments as they occur. Micro-tunneling technology will be used to install the sewer line under other utility lines, railroad tracks, Cornhusker Highway and North 84th Street. The tunneling will prevent traffic detours.
The project is being funded through the Sanitary Sewer Revenue Fund. The design, right of way acquisition and construction costs for the first phase are about $7.4 million. Revenue bonds were issued to finance the project. Phases two and three, estimated to cost about $22.3 million, are identified in the current six-year Capital Improvement Program, which extends the pipeline to Holdrege Street.
The total trunk line project will be built in nine phases as development occurs. The project will be built from north to south and includes the burying of 15 miles of pipe at an estimated cost of about $53 million.