Open House Set for Stormwater Improvement Project

The public is invited to an open house Thursday, March 15, on a stormwater drainage improvement project north of Cornhusker Highway near North 56th and Morton streets. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Highway, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. City staff, consulting engineers and contractors will be available to discuss the improvements and final construction plans and answer questions. No formal presentations are planned.

The drainage project includes widening the channel, reconstructing storm drains and retaining walls, and stabilizing the banks to help prevent flooding and erosion during rainstorms. Additional work includes resurfacing Fletcher Avenue between N. 56th and N. 70th streets.

The project is a joint effort between the City and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. It is 75 percent funded with a federal grant. The remaining cost is shared by the local agencies, and the City's portion if funded through the 2016 stormwater improvement bond issue.

For more information, visit 56thMorton.com, or contact Ben Higgins, Watershed Management (402-441-7589, bhiggins@lincoln.ne.gov). For questions about Fletcher Avenue, contact Erika Nunes at Public Works and Utilities (402-326-1037, enunes@lincoln.ne.gov). More information on City watershed construction projects is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: watershed).