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2008 Media Releases


Date:
May 29, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939


MAYOR INVITES PUBLIC TO GROUNDBREAKING FOR MOPAC TRAIL BRIDGE
Magazine to present 30 new bikes as part of BikeTown USA

Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to the groundbreaking June 5 for the new Mopac Trail bridge that will be built over North 27th Street at about Apple. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on the trail corridor on the east side of the future bridge. Parking is available in the Heartland Optical parking lot or on 30th Street south of Apple.

After the groundbreaking, Bicycling magazine will announce Lincoln’s recipients of 30 new Coasting bikes as part of their BikeTown USA program. The magazine recently announced that Lincoln is one of five cities in the nation chosen for the program. The magazine will track the recipients for three months to see how the bikes affect their lives, and the results will be featured in stories in Bicycling and on Bicycling.com.

“Lincoln is a great biking city, and it’s terrific to receive this national exposure,” Beutler said. “The new Mopac bridge will provide a key link and make our outstanding trail system even better. I want to again thank the Great Plains Trails Network for its hard work to help us fund this project.”

GPTN provided $125,000 in private donations for the bridge, which is estimated to cost about $1.9 million. The city received a federal enhancement grant for $500,000, and the rest will be paid for from funds received through tax increment financing.

The bridge will provide the final link in the Mopac Trail through Lincoln and will connect with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln downtown campus and the Antelope Valley trail system. The Mopac trail also is a vital link in the future Quad States Trails network.

More information on the groundbreaking and the project is available by calling Terry Genrich at 441-7939. For more information on the City’s parks and trails, visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: parks).


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