City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng invites the public to the groundbreaking for the Mopac West Trail at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 just south of Heartland Optical near 27th and “Y” streets. This section of trail will connect the west end of the existing Mopac Trail at 30th and “X” streets with the Antelope Valley Trail network near 19th and Vine streets.
“This trail will provide a vital link in our trails network, connecting UNL’s downtown and east campuses,” said Mayor Seng. “I want to thank the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) for raising $105,000 for this important project as well as providing $125,000 to help acquire this section of corridor from the Union Pacific several years ago. GPTN has been an outstanding partner in building the trails network that so many of our residents use for recreation.”
The total project cost for this section of trail is $260,000. In addition to GPTN donations, the project is being funded through a federal grant along with $15,500 from the City. Construction on the trail will begin in the spring and is expected to be completed in early summer.
Speakers at the dedication will include Mayor Seng, Lynn Johnson, Director of the City Parks and Recreation Department, and Gale Breed from GPTN. Those attending the groundbreaking may park at Heartland Optical.
A related project, a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over North 27th Street just south of “Y” Street and along the abandoned Mopac corridor, is now in the design phase, and construction is expected to begin later this year. The bridge is being funded through a federal grant, private donations being raised by GPTN and tax increment financing. Until the bridge is completed, traffic on the Mopac West Trail will cross North 27th Street at the “Y” Street countdown crosswalk.