Mayor Don Wesely today said the city has begun taking bids to build the pedestrian/bicycle overpass connecting the city's new ballpark and the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln. Bids will be opened May 23rd, and Public Works and Utilities officials say construction could begin as early as mid-June.
"We thank the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway for their cooperation on easements which allow this project to go forward," said Mayor Wesely. "We also again acknowledge Congressman Doug Bereuter's successful effort to secure $3.5 million in federal funds for this project, that will be a great asset for our city."
The estimated cost of the project is $4.5 million, and the Railroad Transportation Safety District is providing the remaining $1 million. The link will consist of two side-by-side bridges about 265 feet long. They will enter the Haymarket area on 8th Street north and east of the main Post Office. The pre-fabricated bridge spans are now being built by Continental Bridge in Minnesota. Officials hope to have one of the bridges in place by late August.
The new baseball and softball complex, named Haymarket Park, is expected to begin operation June 1. It will be home to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln baseball and softball teams and the "Lincoln Saltdogs," a new Northern League baseball team. The project is the result of a partnership among the City of Lincoln, the UNL and Lincoln Professional Baseball.