City of Lincoln

Sheridan Boulevard Penny Bridges

Lincoln, NE

The Sheridan Boulevard Bridges, or better locally known as the Penny Bridges, were structurally deficient structures that span the Rock Island Trail. The structures are located along a historic boulevard within a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Using Benesch’s Value Planning process, the project team first developed a preferred alternative to replace the structures within the sensitive historic context in which they existed. An advisory committee was formed to include the residents of the historic neighborhood to ensure the new bridge design kept the perceived historic integrity of their neighborhood. The Value Planning process was completed early in the process to properly develop a project scope and budget that garnered public acceptance and documented the analysis of alternatives. Benesch then led the design for the replacement of the twin steel girder bridges

The design team was able to move the project from concepts through to final design within 12 months, opening the new bridges to a crowd of happy neighboring residents and celebration including a speech given by the mayor and parade of antique vehicles.

Project highlights

  • Bridge replacement within a historic district
  • Involved public involvement process
  • Value Engineering process