The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the existing drainage channel to reduce future flood risk and make the channel safer and easier to maintain.
The project is 75% funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hazard mitigation grant.
The City of Lincoln and Lower Platte South NRD are cost-sharing 25% of the project, with the city’s funds coming from the 2016 stormwater bond.
Planned improvements include widening portions of the channel, replacing the box culvert (bridge) at Fletcher Avenue, adding in access points for maintenance, and rehabilitating portions to prevent future erosion.
The city is using the existing drainage easements and right of way, in addition to a few additional drainage easements, for these improvements.
There is a private bridge within the channel that is being planned for removal; alternative access for the property is being proposed.
Construction of the drainage improvements is tentatively scheduled to begin in the summer 2017, and the project will be complete by March 2019.
Public Meeting 2
The second and final open house public meeting for the 56th & Morton Drainage Improvement Project was held on February 28, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Vital Services (6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 250). The meeting provided a community members an opportunity to review and comment the refined design of the planned drainage improvements.The displays and handouts from the meeting are available below.