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2006 Media Releases


Date:
August 15, 2006
For More Information Contact:
LaDawn Capek, Olsson Associates, (303) 710-5817
Wayne Teten, Antelope Valley Project Manager, 441-4939
Kelly Bartling, UNL University Communications, 472-2059
Mike Mascoe, Lower Platte South NRD, 476-2729


BIG X OVERPASS PHASE 1 OPENS TO TRAFFIC
Ceremony Planned For 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

A portion of the Antelope Valley project, the Big X overpass, will open to traffic Wednesday evening. The Big X is located south of the Bob Devaney Sports Center. When complete, the Big X will serve as the elevated road connecting two new arterial streets.

The north and west legs of the elevated intersection will open on Wednesday, August 16, with a ceremony planned to celebrate its completion. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the top of the elevated roadway structure. South leg construction is scheduled for completion by November. Construction is scheduled to begin on the east leg in 2008.

Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng, who served on the City Council for 16 years prior to her election as Mayor, has been a leader in the Antelope Valley Project from the beginning. Her knowledge of the underlying needs, coupled with her understanding of the community’s older neighborhoods, shaped the open and inclusive process by which the project was designed.

“The Antelope Valley Project is reshaping the City’s center,” said Mayor Seng. “The project is strengthening Lincoln and unlocking new opportunities for private investment and job creation. This project will have a dramatic positive impact on the future growth of Lincoln.”

“The three overarching goals for the Antelope Valley project are flood prevention and control, traffic flow improvements and community redevelopment,” said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman. “UNL benefits from all three. Of course, the major benefit to UNL is that 50 acres on the east edge of the downtown campus will be removed from the floodplain. This allows us to make progress on planned expansion of research facilities in this area. A prime example of this is seen in the acquisition of the Textron property, for which a number of future uses have been identified. Additionally, once the 19th Street portion is completed, a significant amount of traffic will be rerouted from the campus core, improving internal pedestrian safety and allowing us more flexibility in land use.”

“Reducing the flood risk from Antelope Creek through the center of Lincoln has been a priority of the Natural Resources District for many years,” said Glenn Johnson, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District General Manager. “This project, with assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is making that happen. The first phase of the flood control component is complete, the next phase is 50 percent complete and federal funding prospects for next year are excellent to continue the flood control work.”

Wednesday’s ceremony will include Chancellor Perlman, Mayor Seng, Johnson, as well as Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.

Parking for the media will be available on the structure. Others are encouraged to park in the UNL lot south of Court Street and west of 17th Street. A shuttle will be available to take individuals to the top of the elevated roadway structure. For information about event logistics, contact LaDawn Capek Sperling at (303) 710-5817.


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