Districts taking 1st step toward repairing hike-bike bridge

SOUTH BEND, Neb. (AP) — Work is expected to begin this winter on a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over the Platte River southwest of Omaha that was battered during the flooding earlier this year.

The Lied Platte River Bridge near South Bend has been closed since March. Trees flattened a few hundred feet of bridge railing and damaged concrete ice breakers on the upstream side.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the bridge is owned by the Papio-Missouri River and Lower Platte South natural resources districts, and they’ve approved a first step toward reopening it: hiring a contractor to clear away the debris.

Eric Williams with the Papio district says that work is scheduled to start this winter and could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, most of which should be covered by federal flood repair funds.