RDG Selected to Complete Transportation Planning Study

February 22, 2022
Community & Regional Planning

The study will identify priority trail project locations throughout  Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska to support safe and enjoyable access for residents across the metro area.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (PMRNRD) announced recently that RDG Planning & Design has been selected to complete a transportation planning study for priority trail project locations throughout Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska. The Neighborhood Expanded Access to Trails (NEAT) Study is intended to identify gaps between existing recreation and active transportation infrastructure and propose projects to help fill those gaps.

“The NEAT Study is rooted in MAPA’s and PMRNRD’s missions to provide safe and enjoyable access to recreation and transportation alternatives,” said RDG Principal Amy Haase, AICP. “We’re proud to work alongside both organizations to further their commitments to enhanced recreation, active transportation and access to natural resources.”

As part of the study, RDG will evaluate various trail connections and offer guidance on priority projects for the design and construction phases. Working alongside MAPA and PMRNRD, RDG will also engage with community members and various stakeholders The NEAT Study is estimated to complete in 2022.

Eldridge Bike Trail. Photo by RDG Planning & Design.

“The NRD has worked with local government agencies for decades to build over 130 miles of trails throughout the Omaha metro area. We are excited to identify specific projects which will provide more access to people in all parts of our community,” said Eric Williams, natural resources planner with PMRNRD. “Comprehensive and connected planning will help people to enjoy a run or ride in their neighborhood, to get to and from work, and to stay healthy as they enjoy our natural resources.”

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director