City of Lincoln
2013 Media Releases
- October 7, 2013
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
City Infrastructure Improvements Reach Across Community
Mayor Chris Beutler today said the improvements in the Havelock area over the last few years are an example of the positive impact City projects are having across the community. The Mayor and City Councilman Doug Emery officially welcomed the new electric Historic Havelock sign at Havelock Avenue and Cornhusker Highway at a news conference today. Other recent redevelopment projects in the area include:
- Street resurfacing on Havelock Avenue (scheduled to be completed by Oct. 12)
- Water main replacement
- As part of the Havelock Facade Program, 22 properties have completed facade improvements, and seven are under way. The program has improved energy efficiency in the buildings and been a catalyst for private and public investment in nearly 85 percent of eligible properties in the Havelock Avenue Historic Landmark District.
- Streetscaping has included ornamental lighting, the replacement of plantings and signage featuring a railroad motif.
"While much of the recent focus has been on downtown and the West Haymarket, the City has continued to improve streets, parks and other public infrastructure across the City," said Mayor Beutler. "Our City departments - including Urban Development, Public Works and Utilities and Parks and Recreation - have worked closely with neighborhoods to resurface streets, reduce flooding, update parks, promote home ownership and help small businesses. These are the kinds of projects that most directly improve the quality of life in our community."
Mayor Beutler said other examples of neighborhood improvements are projects in the 34th and Holdrege area and along 11th Street:
- Two three-story buildings are under construction south of Holdrege between 34th and Idylwild Blvd. The east building will include a new Valentino's to replace the original restaurant at that location. A second floor extended-stay hotel to serve campus visitors is being developed in conjunction with UNL, and the third floor will house apartments. A master plan has been developed in cooperation with East Campus neighborhood residents for the park at Idylwild Drive and Apple Street.
The entire project includes private investment of more than $13 million, $1.26 million in tax-increment financing and $60,000 in CDBG funds for park improvements. A $135,000 endowment for maintenance of the park and Idylwild Blvd. median has been created with donations from Valentino's.
- The first phase of a sustainable streetscaping project on 11th Street from "A" to "J" streets will be completed this month and includes stormwater quality and drainage improvements, a traffic circle at 11th and "D", bicycle lanes and sidewalk and curb improvements.
Phase two to be completed next spring includes native plantings, LED pedestrian lighting, new signs and banners and street furniture. The City received design assistance for the project from the EPA's "Greening America's Capitals Project." Lincoln was one of just five cities to receive the assistance and was the first to start a project. Everett neighborhood residents, agencies and businesses were also involved in the planning.
The City also has completed more than $1 million in sidewalk repairs over the last 18 months, including repairs to sidewalks in the Arnold Heights and Irvingdale neighborhoods and along StarTran routes. Other recent improvements to streets, the stormwater system, parks and trails are listed below. More information on City projects is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: projects).
The Citywide Street Rehabilitation project this year include resurfacing and ADA ramp reconstruction on several major streets, including:
- Capitol Parkway from 21st to 33rd
- Cotner from Fairfax to Adams
- S. 17th from Van Dorn to "A"
- S. 40th from South to "A"
- S. 40th from Pinewood to Old Cheney
- S. 13th from Calvert to High
- S 56th from Highway 2 to Edgewood and Vavak to Spruce (to be completed this fall)
- Rosa Parks Way from 1st to Highway 77
- N. 45th from "R" to Vine
Other street projects include the rehabilitation of S. 56th from "A" to Randolph and Prescott from 47th to 48th as well as the repair of the N. 27th Street viaduct over the railroad tracks. A five-mile stretch of N. 27th will become the City's first adaptive signal control technology corridor. The Nebraska Department of Roads also plans to invest over $3.1 million in the State highways within the City limits this year and next.
Recent stormwater improvements include the following:
- The 2012 stormwater bond issue is funding downtown inlet repairs as well as projects in many areas, including 11th and Harrison; 8th and Park; 53rd and "J"; 56th and Colfax; 56th and Wilshire; 49th and Rentworth; 7th and Old Cheney; and S.W. 17th and West "A."
- Water quality improvement projects in Antelope Park are being funded by the City, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD).
- Water quality landscaping projects in mostly residential areas include rain gardens; reseeding lawns with more native and drought-tolerant grasses; soil restoration; and redirecting downspouts away from driveways and other impervious surfaces. These projects are managed by the City and funded by NDEQ and property owners.
- Efforts are under way to obtain a federal grant to reduce open channel flooding in the 57th and Morton area, stream stability projects in Stevens Creek and other projects. These are funded by the City, and most also have funding from the LPSNRD
- The City and LPSNRD are funding a master plan study in Haines Branch, Middle Creek and other tributaries to Salt Creek in southern Lincoln.
Recent park and trail improvements include major renovations at Sherman Field at Sampson Park, a new Bison Trail Bridge and the following projects:
- University Place Park at 48th and Garland - A new playground has been installed and a drinking fountain will soon be added.
- Sunburst Park between Sunburst Lane and Ridgeway Road - The 40th and "A" Street Neighborhood Association helped the City develop a master plan for improvements including a walkways, play equipment, benches and trees.
- Mendoza Park along the Billy Wolff Trail south of Old Cheney Road - A playground and play court were developed with an initial donation from Philip E. Mendoza family and support from the Vintage Heights Homeowners Association. A new park shelter was dedicated in June, and a new drinking fountain will be installed this fall.
- Phares Park at Glynoaks Drive and South 80th - A new drinking fountain will be installed this fall serving the recently developed neighborhood park and the Billy Wolff Trail.
- Peter Pan Park, 33rd and "W" just south of City Impact - A new master plan was developed for the park in 2012, and improvements include a new playground, walkways and trees. A new outdoor rental picnic area will be completed this fall.
- Belmont Park at N. 14th and Judson - A master plan, developed with partner organizations and neighborhood residents, calls for outdoor play features and nature areas, including a wetland boardwalk and overlook area. The Belmont Pool parking lot will be replaced next year using "green" technology.
- Filbert Park at Schoolhouse Lane and Clearview Boulevard - New accessible surfacing will be installed at the playground.
- Antelope Park at "A" and Memorial Drive - The surfacing for the accessible playground will be replaced.
- Boosalis Trail along Highway 2 - The trail is being widened from eight to ten feet to accommodate increased participation in the annual Lincoln Marathon.
- Roberts Park at 56th and Sumner - Improvements include tree replacement, the establishment of native grasslands and redevelopment of the drainage channel.
- Pioneers Park - Pathway renovation work is currently under way.