NORFOLK — The City of Norfolk is one step closer to it’s goal of completing a recreation trail that spans the entire eastern and southern edges of the city.
City officials announced via a news release Thursday afternoon that Norfolk received a grant from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to fund 80 percent or up to $250,000 of a project to extend Levee Trail underneath Highway 275. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $345,000, with the City and the LENRD splitting the rest of the cost.
City Public Works Director Dennis Smith says the high cost for the trail is because of its location next to the flood control region of the Elkhorn River.
“Well the flood control is a highly engineered structure to keep the community safe from flood waters, and anytime you start dealing with those you have to set a core of regulations that you have to comply with,” Smith said.
The new extension of the trail would take it underneath the highway and connect to Victory Road to the south. Smith says the planning stages will take significant time, so construction isn’t expected until 2019.
“The longer time will be getting the engineering done, and the environmental, and all the engineering procurement that’s necessary through a grant process,” Smith said.
When completed, the Levee Trail will run from Benjamin Avenue to Victory Road. The end of the trail is about two miles from connecting with existing trail at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.