City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor, Malone neighborhood and Antelope Valley Partners cut ribbon
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of all lanes of Vine Street from 17th to 27th streets and the completion of a new bridge. The street and bridge project was opened to traffic on schedule and just in time for the start of the fall semester at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL). Two lanes of traffic are now open in the both directions, with turn lanes at intersections.
Joining the Mayor were representatives of the Malone neighborhood and of the City’s partners in the Antelope Valley Project – UNL and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources (LPSNRD).
“This is one more completed step in building the Antelope Valley Project,” said Mayor Seng. “I want to thank motorists and Malone area residents for their patience and cooperation during more than one year of construction. The results are well worth the wait. We have a brand new street and bridge to move traffic more safely and efficiently. This important street also will be more attractive when new lighting, retaining walls and landscaping are finished. All those involved can be very proud of this project.”
The speed limit on Vine has been restored to 35 miles per hour. Some minor cleanup, seeding, sodding and landscape work remains to be finished, and the majority will be completed this fall. The project included rebuilding Vine Street, the construction of a new bridge for the future Antelope Creek Channel at about 19th Street and improvements to the intersection of 27th and Vine. Other improvements include sidewalks, retaining walls, landscaping, utilities and ornamental lighting. The City Urban Development Department and the Malone Neighborhood Association worked together on a vision for Vine Street that was identified in the department’s Malone Focus Area Plan.
The Antelope Valley Project includes flood control, traffic improvements and neighborhood revitalization. Maps and other information on the Antelope Valley Project are available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov and by calling the Antelope Valley Hotline at 458-5999.