Lincoln Airport Entryway Corridor Project

Project Summary

The Lincoln Airport Entryway Corridor project includes pavement repairs and streetscape enhancements along the following streets:

  • W. Adams Street
  • NW 12th Street
  • W. Cornhusker Highway
  • 9th/10th Streets at "S" Street

Map of Project Area (1.34 M) PDF

The City of Lincoln Entry Corridor Vision provides the opportunity for creating a welcoming first impression to the city, offering inspired views to and of downtown while encouraging development opportunities along the corridor. Integrating highly traveled vehicular routes including West Adams, Cornhusker Highway and I-80 with the interpretation of the geographical, cultural and natural history of the area creates a necessary vision and narrative consistent with the City’s momentum for improvements and transformation.

The implementation of the Master Plan is careful to reflect upon the past but mindful of the need to progressively move forward. Iconic images including the symbol of corn and President Abraham Lincoln; durable materials like corten and steel and native plants are woven together – representing the strength, beauty, and complexity of the regional character of the place and the people.

Corridor Features Include:

  • Street Improvements - repair and resurface the existing pavement and construct new curbs, storm drainage inlet tops and curb ramps
  • Airport Entry Markers (with lighting)
  • District Markers (with lighting)
  • Illustrative Banners
  • Public Art Locations
  • Street Trees
  • Landscape Medians with Native Plants

The project has been endowed meaning there is perpetual funding available for maintenance and replacements over time as needed.

District Markers

The Corten Steel Structures located in the medians – or district markers – serve as a way-finding element guiding traffic from the Airport along West Adams, along Cornhusker and eventually to the Haymarket. Making a visual connection between the Airport and the Haymarket involved the fusion of many existing elements including the stair stepping and verticalness of the Capitol Building. Nestled in the medians and surrounded by native plant material – the district markers not only welcome travelers but demonstrate why Lincoln is the Prairie Capital.

  • Light was an important element on the prairie to settlers and travelers to guide, direct and invite, suggesting the idea of a lantern.
  • Inspiration for the idea of a lantern references local author Bess Street Aldrich's "A Lantern in Her Hand."
  • The fixture, while prairie school inspired, makes this connection while complimenting the existing fixtures at the entrance to the Haymarket on 9th Street.
Corten Steel
  • Corten steel was selected to eliminate the need for painting - forming a rust-like appearance due to the weather after many seasons.
  • A rusty steel plow is symbolic of past cultivation practices. The strength and persistence of materials is indicative of the local people that inhabited the region.
  • Corten steel represent this idea and happens to be the primary material used to construct the Airport.
Lighted district marker
Panel Design
  • In Native American culture, corn represents wealth and abundance as it was a food staple for many tribes.
  • Corn plays a major role in the economy of Nebraska, also known as the Cornhusker state.
  • Cornhusker Highway is unique to Lincoln – nowhere else does it exist – so why not celebrate it.
  • Additional images of a bi-level airplane suggest Lincoln's connection to the Wright Brothers from 1910; the meadowlark is the state bird and symbolic of the grasslands; the Chicago Burlington & Quincy locomotive #710, a native of Nebraska, is stationed in the Haymarket.

Public Involvement

Pre-Construction Open House - March 4, 2014
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Country Inn and Suites, 1301 W. Bond Circle

Project Contacts