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Trail Closure: 144th between Pacific and Pine

26 Oct

The section of the 144th Street Trail between Pacific and Pine Streets on the west side of South 144th Street will be closed to all trail users starting on Monday, October 30, 2017 so a new storm drainage pipe can be installed as part of the West Farm/South Farm Development. Trail will reopen on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. There is no suggested detour for this closure. For additional information please contact Dennis E. Bryers, FASLA, PLA of the Omaha Parks & Recreation Department at 402-444-3798 or dennis.bryers@cityofomaha.org

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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