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Lessons from St. Paul

24 Jan

-submitted by Jackson Long

I’ve lived in Omaha for most of my life, but last fall I decided it was time for a change, packed my bags, and moved up to Saint Paul, Minnesota for college. I’m now a student at Macalester, a small liberal arts college in an urban area not too far from the Mississippi River. In all of my excursions through the city, it hasn’t felt very different from home, which is why I think that Omaha could stand to learn a few things from the Saintly City.

My first leisurely walk as a Macalester student brought me to a street called Ayd Mill Road, a divided highway that at first reminded me of Omaha’s Saddle Creek Boulevard or Northwest Radial Highway. I reflexively steered clear of the area, deeming it unfit for travel. The next morning my bus took this same road, and while I was studying the route in a futile attempt to get a sense of direction in my new home, I caught myself thinking, “Well, I don’t own a car, so I won’t be using this road anyway.”

The old Ayd Mill Rd (Photo: Bill Lindeke)
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Big Papio Trail Closure 4/9 – 4/14

6 Apr

BIG PAPIO TRAIL SECTION CLOSING

A section of the Big Papio Trail between North Mill Road and the TD Ameritrade Headquarters will close on Monday, April 9, 2018 through Friday, April 13, 2018 so repair work on a manhole and sinkhole adjacent to the trail can be done. Trail will reopen on Saturday, April 14, 2018. There is no suggested detour around this closed section of the trail. Contact Dennis E. Bryers, FASLA, PLA in the Omaha Parks, Recreation & Public Property Department at 402-444-3798 or dennis.bryers@cityofomaha.org for additional information.

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Bringing the TAP to the TIP – Public Input Requested from MAPA

21 Feb

MAPA is putting together their 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and is asking for public input on two projects that will be proposed for the final year of the program that qualify for the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Transportation Alternatives (TAP) are federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by integrating modes and improving the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure.  Any questions or comments that people have should be sent to mapa@mapacog.org.

First Project is one we have raised awareness about in the past, and that is the addition of a multi-use bridge to the US Hwy 34/75 over the Platte River on the border between Sarpy and Cass Counties. Currently, pedestrians and cyclists can share the current bridge with automobiles. After a planned expansion of the road, the highway will be designated a freeway, and people walking or riding bikes will not legally be allowed to share the space with people driving motor vehicles.

Details of the multi-use bridge project over the Platte River at US Hwy 34/75 – click for larger view

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