Lake could boost northwest development

Lake could boost northwest development

By Juan Perez Jr. November 12, 2012 6:16 pm Comments

Coming soon to northwest Omaha (if the powers that be sign off): a rather large lake.

Officials with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District say a flood-control project for the western portion of the metro area will also bring fishing, a boat ramp, trails and picnic areas to the neighborhood around 168th and Fort Streets.

Construction of the $45 million to $50 million project could begin next fall, with a potential completion date of spring 2015. The city would agree to pay for any additional recreational features on the site and take over operations and maintenance once construction is complete.

A total of 700 acres are needed for the new project, which would relocate two power poles and require a bridge for a portion of Ida Street that would cross the reservoir. North 180th Street would eventually be extended and realigned around the reservoir, and a short boulevard would be built along its eastern shore.

The NRD probably would use bond revenue to pay for land acquisition, design and construction work, while the city would pay to design and construct sewers along with recreational improvements such as trails and boat ramps.

It’s unclear how much the city might be on the hook for, and the City Council still has to vote to approve its end of the deal.