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February 7, 2018
For More Information Contact:
Holley Salmi, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7537
Sara Hartzell, Parks and Recreation, 402-441-8261

Improvements Require Wilderness Park Tree Removal

Project will prepare area for stream, bridge and sewer work.

Preliminary work for a stream, bridge and sewer improvement project in Wilderness Park near Old Cheney Road will begin Thursday, February 8. Trees adjacent to Salt Creek and the Old Cheney Bridge from South 1st Street to the railroad tracks will be marked this week and removed in late February to meet an April 1 Federal Migratory Bird Act deadline. The Jamaica North trail will remain open during the work, but the Wilderness Park trails will be closed when tree removal begins.

The project is part of a joint agency effort to stabilize the Salt Creek stream channel, repair flood damage to the Old Cheney Bridge, and do sanitary sewer work around the bridge. Coordination of these projects will reduce overall disturbance to the park. Tree removal has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Department in consultation with the Friends of Wilderness Park. Reducing foliage will aid in native plant restoration and improve security in the parking lot north of Old Cheney Road.

The project involves the City Parks and Recreation and Public Works and Utilities departments (Lincoln Wastewater System and Watershed Management divisions) as well as Lancaster County and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD). Channel, bridge and sanitary sewer line work around the bridge will begin in July. The larger project to install a new sanitary sewer line north of Old Cheney Road is planned to begin in 2020.

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