A pair of wrong-way turns early Thursday led to an estimated $15,000 in damage to the concrete barrier protecting the new N Street Cycle Track.
Just after 7 a.m., Lincoln police found a 2001 Dodge Durango wrecked and abandoned on the median between 13th and 14th streets. Officers determined the driver had been headed north on 13th Street -- the wrong way on a one-way -- and turned east on N Street, also the wrong way.
But the driver missed both the traffic lane and the bike lane, instead traveling over the concrete and brick barriers before getting high-centered and stuck.
Officers found the SUV’s owner, Luke Woundedarrow, who said he’d hit the barrier at about 1:30 a.m. and was planning on getting it towed. The 38-year-old was cited for negligent driving and leaving the scene of an accident, Officer Katie Flood said in an email.
By midday Thursday, the Durango, which received an estimated $2,500 in damage, was gone and the bike lane was open.
Police originally estimated the concrete damage at $2,000. But the contractor who did the original work has pushed that number up to $15,000, said Caleb Swanson of PC Sports, which the city hired to oversee the construction.
"That's assuming the full sections of the wall that were hit and damaged need to come out and be replaced, which they probably do," Swanson said.
Cyclists began using the $3.2 million, 17-block bike lane -- connecting Arena Drive and 23rd Street -- in late December, but its official grand opening is scheduled for April 23.