Public Encouraged to Attend Open House on Harris Overpass Construction Bridge to close November 12

October 17, 2007

The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, October 30 to learn more about the replacement of the Harris Overpass in downtown Lincoln. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ridnour Room of the Haymarket’s Apothecary Building, 809 “P” Street.

The Harris Overpass, which carries “O” Street over the rail yards and the Haymarket District, will be replaced with a new structure designed to redefine the passageway between West “O” and downtown. The current overpass is scheduled to close to traffic Nov. 12. Demolition and construction will begin soon after, and the project is expected to take about one year.

Those attending the open house will learn about the construction schedule, procedures and detour routes. Representatives from the City of Lincoln as well as design and construction consultants will be on hand to answer questions about the project and how construction will affect the area. Parking vouchers will be provided for the Haymarket Parking garage.

The existing overpass was built in the 1950s and named for John F. Harris of Lincoln, in gratitude for a gift of land that became Pioneers Park. Over the years, the bridge has undergone significant deterioration, and it qualifies for federal bridge replacement funds. The City’s bridge design consultant team, led by The Schemmer Associates, conducted an extensive public participation program while designing the new structure.

For more information about the open house, contact Linda Beacham, The Schemmer Associates, at (402) 488-2500 or Kris Humphrey, City of Lincoln, at (402) 441-7592. More information also is available on the City Web site, (keyword: harris).