Lincoln Journal Star | March 7, 2016
City officials, consultants to present four alternatives for busy intersections
Schemmer’s Mark Lutjeharms, P.E., PTOE, was quoted in the Lincoln Journal Star regarding the 33rd and Cornhusker project in Lincoln, Neb. The project plans to remove the at-grade railroad crossings near the intersections at 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway and 35th and Adams streets.
The City of Lincoln, Schemmer and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU) will hold an open house on March 15, 2016 where they will present four alternatives for improving two busy north Lincoln intersections.
“Those intersections see 65 trains and as many as 14,000 vehicles a day. That obviously presents a pretty large conflict between those trains and those other modes of transportation,” said Lutjeharms.
Schemmer was hired by The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) to help develop a plan and identify possible funding sources. City engineers, Schemmer and FHU are working on a planning and environmental linkages study, looking for ways to improve mobility and safety along the BNSF railroad corridor between 27th and 48th streets.
The study team held the first public meeting last November and used the input gained there to help develop its four alternatives. They offer possible solutions including these:
- Make 33rd Street the primary road carrying traffic across railroad lines and collecting traffic from Adams Street.
- Make Adams Street the primary road carrying traffic across railroad lines and collecting traffic from 33rd Street.
- Shift 33rd Street either east or west.
- Build an underpass to carry traffic across railroad lines.
- Build an overpass to carry traffic across railroad lines.
Kris Humphrey, city senior engineer and the project’s manager, said an underpass would be designed to be more open than the one just south of Cornhusker Highway on 48th Street.
Humphrey’s said the project is nearly a decade away from completion as Schemmer, FHU and City engineers work to design it and mitigate the project’s environmental impacts, as well as guide the project through state and federal reviews.
State, federal and railroad funding could help pay for the project, although the RTSD is expected to pay for about half, which could reach as high as $80 million.