City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that President Bush’s fiscal year 2007 federal budget includes an earmark of $7.5 million for the Antelope Valley flood control project.
“This is the first time the project has been included as a line item earmark in the President’s budget,” said Mayor Seng. “The inclusion is an affirmation that the project meets the criteria and cost-benefit ratio established by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many people have worked very hard to obtain an earmark in the President’s budget, and we are very pleased to have this important project included.”
The funds are included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fiscal year 2007 budget. The funds are designated for construction of the flood channel. In previous years, the Nebraska Congressional delegation has had to request funding because it has not been included in the President’s budgets.
The Antelope Creek flood control project is the centerpiece of Lincoln’s comprehensive flood control, transportation and redevelopment initiative. The channel, currently under construction, has been completed from Salt Creek south to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks near Holdrege Street. Most of the excavation work has been completed south to “Y” Street. The earmarked funds in fiscal year 2007 would allow continued construction of the new flood channel from “Y” to “R” streets, including the retaining wall between the waterway and the new roadway.
The Antelope Valley Project is a partnership among the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. When the project is complete, 961 homes, 336 commercial and industrial structures and 50 acres of University property will be out of the 100-year floodplain.