South Omaha Bridge

Nebraska Department of Roads

Project Summary

The mile-long South Omaha Bridge linking Iowa and Nebraska over the Missouri River was built in 1935 to improve traffic flow in downtown Omaha. Seventy years later, the bridge had become a two-lane bottleneck. The historical review of the bridge determined that changes to the current bridge were not economical or environmentally viable; therefore, a new bridge was planned for north of the existing bridge. Desired safety and capacity improvements included four lanes of travel separated by a median, full shoulders and an attached pedestrian walkway as part of an area hiking/biking trail. TranSystems served as prime consultant providing a location study, Environmental Impact Statement, and design management of the new main span.

Project Highlights

  • 16 different utility owners were impacted
  • Existing bridge was removed in an environmentally safe manner once the new bridge was opened to traffic
  • Historic elements of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge were preserved in a park west of the new bridge

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