LINCOLN, Neb. — Community and business leaders are looking at Lincoln’s long-range transportation plan to find new ideas to address street needs.

The Citizens’ Transportation Coalition announced Thursday that the group of 25 leaders will make recommendations in January to Mayor Chris Beutler on Lincoln’s future transportation system and how it should be funded, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .

The coalition appointed leaders Bob Caldwell, vice president at construction company NEBCO; Miki Esposito, director of Lincoln’s Public Works and Utilities Department; and six elected officials.

“We know from experience that we can accomplish big things in Lincoln by bringing all parties to the table and developing a shared vision,” Beutler said.

The coalition will look at the current and future street system. It’ll focus on five specific issues: preservation and expansion, maintenance, quality of life, investment costs and funding methods.

Burns & McDonnell consultant Danny Rotert said the coalition will have to balance maintenance needs in older parts of town with the need for growth on the edges of town.

The city currently requires developers to pay for the new streets in a housing development and build them to a city standard. Then they’re turned over the city, which is responsible for the long-term maintenance. Rotert said the committee can look at those standards as part of the process.

The work of Burns & McDonnell is part of a $450,000 city contract with Olsson Associates to work with the coalition, bring in ideas from other peer cities on how they handle and pay for streets, and write the report to the mayor.

The monthly coalition meetings and information available to coalition members will be open to the public.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com