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Big Papio Closure

13 Oct

We got word from Omaha Parks and Recreation that a section of the Big Papio Trail will be closed for repair.

Recent rains have undermined a section of the Big Papio Trail under the West Dodge Expressway to the point that it is no longer safe to use.  Therefore Omaha Parks & Recreation Dept. is closing the trail from just south of the West Dodge Expressway to just north of it immediately.  Barricades went up this afternoon.  There is no date for reopening it at this time.  We need to develop a plan to reconstruct this section.  Intent is to get it done this fall if possible.  The attached map show the approximate section of the trail that has been closed.

At present, the City has not identified an appropriate detour. Member Eric Williams has suggested this untested route as a possible detour. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

120th Street and West Maple Expansion

13 Jun

The City of Omaha held a public meeting presenting the current plan for improving 120th St from Stonegate, south of W Maple, to Roanoke, almost to Fort St. Besides providing four through lanes on 120th north of West Maple, additional right of way will be purchased to provide double left turn lanes onto West Maple. Crosswalks will also be extended across West Maple on both sides of 120th.

In addition, the Big Papio Trail will run parallel to 120th on the east side from north of Old Maple to the Big Papillion Creek where it will go under the bridge and into Tranquility Park. See figure 4A and following starting on page 23 in the 120th Draft Environmental Assessment pdf at https://sites.google.com/a/cityofomaha.org/opw-50949—120th-street-stonegate-to-fort/draft-environmental-assessment-dea

I raised the question, “Where is the plan to connect the trail from 120th and W Maple to the end of the trail in Hefflinger Park?” I was directed to Dennis Bryers in Omaha Parks. I emailed Dennis about the connection plan and he wrote the following:

Thanks for the e-mail.  We are planning to extend the Big Papio Trail north from Hefflinger Park sometime between Public Work’s two projects on N. 120th Street and West Maple Road.  Project will consist of rebuilding the section of the trail in Hefflinger Park, construction/installation of a new pedestrian bridge across the side creek and extending the trail to connect to the section that Public Works is building as part of the N. 120th & West Maple Road work.

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Kicking Off National Bike Month With Some History

1 May

May is National Bike Month, and to start the month, we’d like to share a little Omaha bicycle infrastructure history dug up by a friend of Mode Shift. The first attempt to mix motor vehicle and cycling infrastructure was in the mid-1970s and promoted as an energy saving alternative in those oil-insecure times. The public reactions and civic concerns will have a familiar ring to anyone who has participated in the dialog surrounding cycling infrastructure. Below are a series of articles that detail the development and dismantling of Omaha’s first dedicated on street cycling infrastructure.

The original concept was from the Jaycees who wanted a commuter route for cyclists (click image to enlarge)

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