Work continues on fishing trail
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 31, 2013 | 1734 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Workers with Hale Building Company Inc. continue building the current phase of the Blue Eye Creek Fishing Trail, including construction and staining the 200-foot boardwalk.
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home Workers with Hale Building Company Inc. continue building the current phase of the Blue Eye Creek Fishing Trail, including construction and staining the 200-foot boardwalk.
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Work on the Blue Eye Creek Fishing Trail in Lincoln is progressing despite winter weather.

“Hale Construction has been hard at work,” Mayor Bud Kitchin said. “They are doing as much as possible, weather permitting. We are working with Mother Nature.”

The City Council awarded the current phase to Hale Building Company Inc. in September.

Kitchin said the bridge construction and installation was handled by an architect with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. The remainder of the project is being handled by Christian and Associates Architects.

The Blue Eye Creek Fishing Trail is a project former Mayor Lew Watson began.

The handicapped-accessible fishing trail in old downtown Lincoln will include a concrete sidewalk approximately 10 feet wide and 3,500 feet long including five fishing stations approximately 20 feet in width. There are three wooden and two concrete fishing stations.

Kitchin said foundations for four of the five fishing stations have been poured.

“They are working on trusses for the 30-by-35-foot pavilion roof,” he said. “The pavilion floor area is a concrete pad about 55-by-60 feet with extra seating for enjoying nature. It can also be used as a small entertainment venue.”

The plans include an open trellis covered walk from Crawford Street to the new pavilion.

“There is an elevated wooden creek boardwalk approximately 200 feet long,” he said. “They are working on putting up the railing and staining it.”

Kitchin said the wooden boardwalk will run from the bridge across Blue Eye Creek to a new deck built adjacent to the pavilion both on the west side of Blue Eye Creek.

“About 75 percent of the sidewalk is done so far,” he said. “The alley that loops around the building is currently closed due to an area of unsuitable soil that is being remediated. The alley portion will be paved with asphalt and will tie in to the bridge and the boardwalk.”

Kitchin said additional parking is planned as well.

“We don’t have an estimated time of completion due to the time of year and the weather,” he said.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.