|Name||Project Intro Presentation|
|Description||a North 33rd & Cornhusker Project video|
Thank you for your interest in the North 33rd and Cornhusker project. I'm Cyndi Lamm, Lincoln's Northeast District 1 City Council Member and member of the Railroad Transportation Safety District, or RTSD, board. This is an exciting project that will change the way we work and live in Northeast Lincoln, and I'm proud to be a part of it. On behalf of the RTSD and City of Lincoln, we'd like to invite you to be a part of this important project too. Although this project remains a transportation project at heart focused along the BNSF rail corridor between 27th and 48th streets, we've added a sub area study plan to develop a long term vision and identify the unique needs for the area in order to help develop transportation street configurations that will support future private development or redevelopment opportunities. We are excited and eager to get your input and feedback to help us develop the future vision of this area. Hi, I'm Kris Humphrey, the RTSD's Project Manager. Back in 2015, the RTSD began working on a Planning and Environmental Linkages Study. The purpose of the study was to identify and evaluate potential transportation improvements in North Lincoln with specific attention focused along the rail corridor between 27th and 48th street. As part of this study, we investigated environmental issues, such as floodplains and hazardous waste sites, as well as physical barriers, such as Deadmans Run, existing street configurations, and existing structures inside the area highlighted in red. We then developed street configurations that would meet the project's objectives to improve safety along the rail corridor, reduce delay times for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists crossing the rail corridor, accommodate existing and future traffic volumes, improve mobility across the rail corridor, and improve multimodal connectivity for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and bus transit. The result was that six different street configurations met these project objectives, and two of these configurations were identified as the preferred configurations because they had lesser impact to the environment and physical constraints. Although these two alternatives were identified as the preferred street configurations and met all the project objectives, the RTSD and the City of Lincoln decided to develop a subarea plan for this area to ensure any transportation improvement would complement future land uses and support the future vision for the area as it develops or redevelops. Hi, I'm David Cary, Director of Planning for the City of Lincoln. As you've heard, we're developing a subarea plan in conjunction with the RTSD's transportation improvement project. We've identified the area highlighted in yellow to define the boundary of the subarea plan which will be developed. Over the next few months, we will be taking a detailed look at existing conditions, such as land uses, zoning districts, the transportation system, parkland, utilities, and visual quality of the area. After analyzing these items, speaking with community members, and obtaining input from the public through surveys, comments, and open house meetings, we will then be able to identify conceptual goals and a future vision for the subarea. This future vision will then be utilized to develop additional street configurations that would support the goals and needs of the subarea. Another component of this project is development of a corridor enhancement plan along Cornhusker Highway from approximately 11th to 56th streets as shown in orange on the map. This corridor enhancement plan will basically outline an identity for the corridor by developing a desired look and feel along the corridor for items such as setback requirements, building and sign materials, site furnishings, landscaping, lighting, and art components. The process for developing the subarea plan and corridor enhancement plan are both similar. The first step is to gather existing information, followed by obtaining public input, development of concepts, refining the concepts to a recommended plan, and ultimately adopting the plan. The subarea plan and the corridor enhancement plan are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, and we are anticipating a seamless transition into the environmental investigation phase of the project beginning in early 2019. Future project phases include environmental investigations, engineering, right-of-way acquisitions, and construction activities. We are looking forward to the opportunities this project will bring, and we want you to stay involved to help us identify the future vision for this area. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for project updates and visit our website www.33rdcornhusker.com for detailed project information. Thank you once again for your interest in this exciting project that will change the face of Northeast Lincoln.