City gets grants for Sheridan bridges, new trail

2012-02-19T11:00:00Z City gets grants for Sheridan bridges, new trailBy ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star
February 19, 2012 11:00 am  • 

The city of Lincoln has received two grants, totaling nearly $3 million, to help repair bridges on Sheridan Boulevard and build a recreational trail near a new school.

The majority of the money, $2 million, will go to replace Sheridan Boulevard bridges just west of 33rd Street, spanning the Rock Island Trail.

Another $702,000 will go toward the planned Lincoln Stonebridge Trail, a 1.25-mile trail beginning at 14th Street and Humphrey Avenue, extending through the Stonebridge neighborhood and ending at Kooser Elementary School, where it will connect with the Alvo Road Trail.

The grants were among 12 announced Thursday by the Nebraska Department of Roads for community and agency projects across the state through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program.

Mike Kleffner, the program's coordinator, said the grants total $12.7 million to be spent over the next three years.

Recipients have to provide a 20 percent match, except for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which received $2.75 million to repair and resurface a 12.5-mile segment of the Cowboy Trail between Neligh and O'Neill that was damaged by floodwaters. The commission has committed to a 73 percent local match.

Other southeast Nebraska projects include:

* $1.3 million for Beatrice Water Park to Hannibal Park Trail, to design and build a 2.25-mile trail to provide access between the Beatrice Water Park, Mary Family YMCA, Beatrice Senior High and Hannibal Park.

* $5.1 million for the Tecumseh Square Brick Street Restoration and Historic Lighting Project, to engineer and install 45 historic replica lights and salvage/replace brick pavers on 12 blocks around the historic Johnson County Courthouse.

The Transportation Enhancement Program, part of the federal highway bill, provides funding to local, state, and regional governmental entities to construct and restore transportation infrastructure that are not eligible to be funded through other programs.

Reach Algis J. Laukaitis at 402-473-7243 or

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