Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the new bridges over the BNSF Hobson Yard and Middle Creek on S.W. 40th Street are scheduled to open the afternoon of Wednesday, December 23. The project's completion allows S.W. 40th from West "O" to West "A" streets to reopen.
The original at-grade railroad crossing on S.W. 40th was closed over 10 years ago. Since then, the only way to cross the tracks was on Highway 77 or a county road near Emerald, about three miles west of Highway 77. Work on the new bridges began in March 2012. Landscaping and minor construction activities will continue in the spring, but the road will remain open to traffic.
"The completion of this project is welcome news for the residents of west Lincoln, who now have a safe and convenient option for crossing the tracks," Mayor Beutler said. "The improvements will be especially noticeable during the morning and evening commutes. I want to thank drivers for their patience during construction as well as all the partners who made the new bridges possible."
The S.W. 40th Street project was funded by the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD), Federal Highway Administration, Lancaster County, BNSF and the City of Lincoln. The project was designed by Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers and built by United Contractors.
For more information about this project, contact Devin Biesecker, Public Works and Utilities Department, at 402-937-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.