Construction of a much-anticipated connection between the Field Club and Keystone Trails in Omaha has been delayed for another year.
The South Omaha Trail Phase 2 project has been delayed by difficulties with land acquisition and easements.
Construction on the approximately two-mile trail is expected to begin in 2014, said Dennis Bryers, Parks and Recreation Department planner. The trail could be completed by the end of next year or in 2015.
Work on the project was to have started last summer, he said.
City officials are negotiating with the Nebraska Department of Roads and Union Pacific Railroad over land acquisitions and temporary construction easements that the city needs to build the trail.
“Once we acquire the land and temporary construction easements,'' he said, “we can proceed with bidding the project.''
The estimated cost, including design fees, property acquisitions and construction, is $3 million, he said.
The city is being reimbursed by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District for all costs associated with Phase 2.
One part of the project that is moving forward, Bryers said, is demolition of storage-unit buildings at 42nd and D Streets. The contractor should start in the next two weeks.
The razing will make way for an access trail head and parking lot about midway between the Field Club and Keystone Trails.
Phase 1 of the trail, about three miles in length, was completed and dedicated in 2012. It runs from Karen Park near 63rd and Bancroft Streets east to about 45th and Dayton Streets.
Phase 2 will begin at 45th and Dayton Streets and run east to the Field Club Trail at 35th and Vinton Streets.