The public is invited to an open house Thursday, February 6 on the replacement of the historic Penny Bridges on Sheridan Boulevard just west of 33rd Street. The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons/cafeteria area at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th St.
The side-by-side Penny Bridges were built in 1934 to carry Sheridan Boulevard traffic over the railroad, which is now a trail. They were built on both sides of a wooden trestle which carried streetcar tracks over the railroad. The bridges got their name because the streetcar fare increased a penny if you rode past the trestle. The trolley operated from 1909 to 1945.
At the open house, residents will learn about the need for the project and its historical significance. They also will have the opportunity to view maps and photos of current conditions, ask questions and discuss concerns with the project team. Following the open house, the design team will begin developing and evaluating construction concepts. The design process is expected to take about one year. Construction will depend on the availability of funds for the project.
For more information on City projects, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects).