A portion of the Rock Island Trail in the area of South 27 Street and Highway 2 will close Friday April 27 and remain closed for four to six weeks for refinishing work on the trail bridges. The half-mile section of the trail will close from its intersection with the Boosalis Trail (just north of Highway 2 bridge) to its intersection with Essex Road.
The bridge over South 27th Street will be sandblasted and brushed to remove old paint before receiving new coats of primer and paint. The contracter, Linder Painting, Inc., also will do some touch-up painting on the bridges over Highway 2 and the Star City Shores access road.
The Parks and Recreation Department intends to keep the Highway 2 bridge open while work is being done on the other two trail bridges, allowing trail users access to the connector trail between the Highway 2 and Star City Shores bridges. The Highway 2 trail bridge will have to be closed at a later date for the touch-up work, but that closure is expected to last less than two weeks.
The project is expected to cost about $246,000 and is being paid for through the Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Program fund using a combination of general revenue and Keno funds.
For more information on the City's trail system, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.