It’ll probably be years before cyclists and joggers can enjoy a non-stop trail route to Carter Lake and beyond, but Omaha got one small step closer to a completed Riverfront Trail on Tuesday.
The City Council cleared the city to sign an agreement with the state’s roads department to design and build two concrete trails: one along Abbott Drive from north downtown to Carter Lake and a second leg to connect part of Carter Lake’s north and western shores to a trail along Locust Street built by the City of Carter Lake. Both segments would create a total of roughly three additional trail miles and complete an uninterrupted trail network from downtown to the Washington County line.
Roughly $790,000 worth of federal aid is available for the project, so the city will be on the hook for about $510,000 worth of the $1.3 million project.
City officials say the federal government’s involvement likely means it’ll be a few years before you can expect any groundbreaking.