Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley told her city council Monday night that they’re making good progress at fixing what mother nature broke during recent winter storms. She said they’ve already fixed a storm drain manhole and storm water pump problem off SE 35th and cleaned up a lot of debris around town. But there are two remaining projects yet to tackle; namely installing a new water line under Schooner Creek and restoring a piece of river bank off SE 51st Street which was eroded away during winter high water.
Bradly said the city will go ahead with the projects and then bill FEMA for their 75% share of the costs. The restoration of a water pipe crossing of Schooner Creek will involve boring a micro-tunnel under the creek so that a 24″ diameter pipe can crossover well underneath the creek bed. In the case of river erosion problems off SE 51st Street, Peterson said it’ll be a combination rip rap and other techniques to keep the river from chewing away at the creek bank at SE 50th and 51st Streets.
All in all, the restoration projects are running around $175,000 with FEMA picking up about three quarters of that amount. Bradley says she’s got design underway for the Schooner Creek crossing as well as the creek bank restoration. Once that’s in place, the city can bid the work out, get the work done and then get their 75% reimbursement from FEMA. Bradley says that’s just a few months away.