The public is invited to an open house Thursday, May 29 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. Since the project's first open house in February, a citizens advisory committee has met with the design team to evaluate alternatives, and they have identified the preferred replacement structures.
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.
The open house will include a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m., which will be repeated at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will hear about the bridges' historical significance, the need for the project and the design process. The public also will be able to review the proposed improvements, visit with the design team and view maps, photos and displays.
The design team will review public input and is scheduled to complete final designs by the end of this year. Construction will depend on the availability of funds for the project.
For more information, visit sheridanpennybridges.com.