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Draft EA for improvements to the 168th Street Corridor in Omaha, Nebraska available for public comment

Published July 19, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. – A draft environmental assessment for a proposed street widening and bridge rehabilitation project on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land located at Zorinsky Lake in the city of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska is currently available for public review. The draft EA evaluates the impacts of widening a portion of the 168th Street corridor near Zorinsky Lake and rehabilitating the 168th Street Bridge over the lake

The proposed project would include widening 168th Street between Poppleton Avenue and Ehlers Street from two lanes to four lanes and adding a median cross section and auxiliary turn lanes. This would provide continuity with adjacent roadways and intersections, improve capacity and traffic delay issues and increase safety by providing pedestrians with accessibility to cross the street. 

In addition to road widening, the 168th Street Bridge over Zorinsky Lake will be widened along the existing alignment and include a raised profile. This would address capacity and traffic delay issues, improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and vertical clearance for the trail underpass, and use the existing bridge piers in their same location to reduce aquatic resource impacts. 

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft environmental assessment, which is available for viewing at: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Planning/Project-Reports/. Comments can be mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PMA-C; ATTN: Matthew Vandenberg/168th Street Bridge EA; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments can also be emailed to: cenwo-planning@usace.army.mil. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than August 17, 2018. 

This draft EA is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), the Corps’ regulations for implementing NEPA (33 CFR 325 and Engineering Regulation 200-2-2) and other applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Omaha District Public Affairs

Release no. 18-055