Omaha’s historic Dodge Street Overpass turns 50 years old in 2018. To celebrate this milestone, the Dundee-Memorial Park Association is raising funds to have the bridge sandblasted and repainted to maintain its integrity.
We strongly support efforts to raise funds to maintain a key element of our transportation infrastructure. Especially since this award-winning and iconic bridge is at the heart of our urban core, connecting two public natural parks and recreation areas, and allowing a safe crossing along the active transportation corridor along Happy Hollow Blvd.
The Dodge Street Overpass enables hundreds of children and adults to safely walk or bicycle to school or work on a daily basis, connecting trails along Elmwood and Memorial Parks that enable people to walk or bike to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, St. Margaret Mary, Brownell-Talbot, Dundee, Aksarben, and many points beyond.
The Overpass will become even more important as a key piece of transportation infrastructure once the new Bus Rapid Transit service is in operation, starting in 2018.
According to the Omaha World Herald, the City has already committed $75,000 in city bridge maintenance funds to the estimated $300,000 project. Given the importance of the Overpass as a key transportation link, we encourage the City to continue to fully commit to supporting this project.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Donate at the Dundee Memorial Park Association website (tax deductible)
- Spread the word among friends and family in the community
- Express your support to the Mayor’s Office and City Council
Learn more here.
time perhaps to bring together faculty from UNO/UNL (architecture, economics, public-admin, pol-sci, urban studies, law, etc) with federal officials and community groups to discuss the future of infrastructure/access?