The developer for the bike and walking trail project at Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area in Papillion expects construction to begin in the spring or summer of 2014.
About 30 people attended an open house Monday at Midlands Hospital to listen to members of the Public Works Department and developer, Omaha-based Lamp, Rynearson and Associates Inc., to discuss and answer questions.
“It’s an effort to tie-in two trails that went into nowhere,” Public Works Director Marty Leming said. “This is making a link to two trials that we have no connection to now.”
The $365,000 project was paid 80 percent through federal funds, 10 percent by City of Papillion and 10 percent by Papio Missouri-River Natural Resources District.
Leming said construction would be ideal during the summer months because there would be a smaller traffic flow coming from Papillion-La Vista South High School.
About 90 percent of the traffic in the area comes from the high school during the school year, he added.
Neighbors were accepting of the project, but some were concerned with drainage issues near the area surrounding the trail which the city has designated as a wildlife area.
Some residents were concerned about the vegetation growing behind their houses where the trail will eventually be located, even describing the plants as “wild wildlife.”
However, public works officials said the area will look significantly different after the trail is completed. The city has no plans to unearth the heavily planted area.
Another concern raised by residents was softened soiled near their properties.
The Public Works Department will install a 42-inch pipe to help catch drainage water. The trail will also have a constant slope from south to north to help with water drainage.
Developers said drainage has been an issue with previous projects and didn’t provide residents with a definite answer to whether it would be stopped, but they would do the best they can.
Schram Road will be closed for about a month during construction. A detour will send traffic toward 96th Street and Highway 370 and down to 108th Street. Traffic will not be sent through neighborhoods, Leming said.
Once finished, the trail will continue to neighboring areas at Creekside Drive and Placid Lake Circle.
The trail will also feature an 83-foot underpass at Schram Road at 90th Street. The underpass will include lights at each end for safety.
The recreation area parking lot will remain closed at night, Leming said, but the new tunnel can’t be blocked off.
The nearby Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area, which is located south of Highway 370 and west of 96th Street, also features a fishing area, an equestrian trail and camping for recreation vehicles and tents.