Trail Links To Steamboat Trace, Kimmel Orchard Proposed

NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council gave its blessing Monday to a trail proposal that would link Steamboat Trace, the city’s softball complex and Nuckolls Square Park.

The existing 1.4 mile trail goes from the city recreation office at Fourth Corso and 19th Street, through Steinhart Park to SteamWagon Road at Arbor Lodge.

A five mile loop is proposed that would use Centennial Road to old Highway 75. New construction is proposed alongside old Highway 75 to the softball complex. A crossing at the new 11th Street bridge is also planned.

An alternative includes construction of a pedestrian bridge at the softball complex and following the creek west to Centennial Avenue.

The other side of the loop would use  new construction along Fourth Corso to reach 11th Street and then go north to Nuckolls Square Park.

Alternatives include a connection to Hayward Elementary and the Morton-James Public Library.

The Steamboat Trace connection would use the new Fourth Corso viaduct. It would cross Highway 2 at Valmont Drive and link with the Lewis and Clark Center.

Trail supporter Doug Friedli said a connection to Kearney Hill is planned.

JEO reports an additional 1,900 feet of trail would be needed to cross the highway beneath the Missouri River bridge.

The trail would follow the Union Pacific tracks about four miles south to the trailhead near the OPPD plant.

JEO estimates an additional 1,650 feet to follow more closely to the Missouri River.

Probable costs

  • $35,000 per city block, paved
  • $97,000 per rural mile, crushed limestone

Trail funding

  • Federal transportation grants for alternative transportation
  • Nebraska Game and Parks recreational trail program
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
  • Nemaha NRD
  • Private and charitable grants



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