The Challenge: The citizens of Wahoo had requested to connect the trail around Lake Wanahoo to the City of Wahoo. This project would be expensive, so the city knew that funding assistance would be critical to its feasibility. The City of Wahoo hired us to help actualize their dream.
The Solution: We provided grant assistance by preparing the route maps, environmental checklist, and project budgets for the city’s applications. When the city received funding from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for the Lake Wanahoo Trail, Phase 2, their hopes were realized. Then, our Transportation team oversaw design and construction and obtained necessary permits like NPDES Construction Site Storm Water and a Floodplain Permit. We coordinated with NDOT on connections to an existing trail underpass (constructed by the City of Wahoo in partnership with NDOT with a Highway 77 improvement project). The finished project included two miles of concrete and crushed rock trail completing the trail loop at Lake Wanahoo and connecting the trail back to the city.
Project Benefits: Wahoo residents now have a trail that connects their city, provides a safe place for recreation, and adds a community asset that is accessible to all. The new trail proceeds north and east from Cook’s Park where it uses a newly constructed pedestrian bridge to cross a tributary to Sand Creek. The rest of the trail leads to the Wanahoo State Recreation Area property. There the trail connects and completes the existing trail loop around the lake.