The City of Lincoln will be replacing the bridge and improving the roadway approaches on McBean Park Drive at the Auburn Ravine. Currently, the roadway and bridge are overtopped in the 10 year and 50 year flooding events respectively. This project will increase flood protection and limit impacts to nearby properties by raising the roadway profile and increasing the length of the bridge. This will include adherence to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board requirements.
In addition to flood protection, the new bridge will be widened to accommodate future traffic needs. The existing two lane bridge will be replaced with a three lane bridge, which will include wide shoulders (to serve as NEV/Bicycle lanes), a parallel Class I pathway connected to the bridge for golf carts, and sidewalks for pedestrians.
Since this bridge functions as a gateway to downtown Lincoln, it will receive special aesthetic treatment to denote the entrance into the downtown area.
On June 21, 2016 the City hosted an informational community open house for the McBean Park Drive Bridge Replacement Project. A brief presentation outlined the preliminary design, funding, schedule, and construction impacts of the project. Attendees were able to vote for their favorite of three aesthetic design concepts. City staff and the project team were on hand to answer questions and discuss ideas.
Following the open house, members of the community were invited to vote for their favorite of the three design concepts on the city website. Voting is complete and the results are in.