From the trailhead in Wabash, the new route follows Alvo Road east for a mile, then shoots north on 334th Street toward the Platte River. It backtracks west on Kiser Road and then north again on Allison Drive to the South Bend Trailhead.
Last year’s flooding damaged the Lied Bridge and swamped the access trail on the Sarpy County side. Crews from the Papio Natural Resources District expect to reopen the bridge this year, but the access trail won’t be restored until next spring, said spokesman Eric Williams.
After that, though, the new link will help open a 225-mile recreational opportunity. With just a few exceptions, mostly on the edges of Omaha, cyclists could stay on trails from Marysville, Kansas, to Coin, Iowa.
And that could also bring tourism money to rural areas during a hard time, Harris said.
“That’s what we’re hoping. If we can raise awareness and make it more intuitive and easier to navigate, more people will come,” she said. “Because biking is a pretty pandemic-proof activity.”