The public is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking for the final phase of the Jamaica North Trail in southwest Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 at 4th and "A" streets. The trail will be 8.5 miles long when completed and is named for its starting point, the historic Jamaica town site south of Saltillo Road.
The Jamaica North Trail is bordered by Wilderness Park, which is owned by Lancaster County and managed by the City of Lincoln. The Union Pacific donated a significant part of the former railroad corridor when the City acquired it for the trail in 2002. The first phase from one-half mile south of Saltillo to Calvert was completed in 2004. The second phase from "A" to "J" streets was completed in 2008. The final phase from Calvert to "A" streets will link those two sections to provide the final connection for the trail.
When completed, the trail will eventually connect with the "N" Street protected bikeway and the trails around Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Jamaica North Trail connects with the Homestead Trail on the south. This trail also will complete a connection with the Bison Trail to Pioneers Park.
"This important project, which has spanned three Mayoral administrations, is a testament to persistence, hard work and community spirit," said Mayor Beutler, who will speak at the groundbreaking. "The Great Plains Trail Network (GPTN) and the rest of the biking community have again stepped up to help raise the funds to make our outstanding trail system even better. I want to thank Union Pacific, GPTN, Lancaster County and all the other donors and partners who have made this project possible."
The final phase of construction will cost about $698,491. The project is federally funded with 20-percent matching funds from the GPTN. Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed by the end of October.
More information on Lincoln's trail network is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.