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Historic 24th Street transformed to modernize campus, create gateway to North Omaha, improve public safety

Old 24th StCreighton University will celebrate the completion of the 24th Street Enhancement Project on Sept. 24, 2020. Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, said the beautiful tree-lined, two-lane corridor has transformed 24th street adjacent to the Creighton campus. The project is a collaboration with the City of Omaha and with input from leaders of the North Omaha community.

A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 24th at the intersection of 24th and California Streets. Fr. Hendrickson, Mayor Jean Stothert and LaVonya Goodwin, president of the North 24th St. Business Improvement District will provide remarks at the dedication event, prior to a ribbon cutting symbolizing the opening of 24th St.

The project, which began last February, will make it safer to cross 24th Street near the Creighton campus by changing the street from four lanes to one lane each way separated by grassy, treed medians. Bicycle lanes and multimodal bus shelters and stops will be utilized by bus riders and bicyclists. A traffic roundabout near 24th and Cass Street also will greatly enhance safety.

“In addition to providing access to the historic North Omaha community, 24th Street connects Creighton and our neighbors to the rich history and traditions we share. We are proud to collaborate with leaders from North Omaha and the City of Omaha to support improvements in our community. We are pleased to do our part in improving the neighborhood while safeguarding travelers,” said Fr. Hendrickson. “In addition to beautifying the area, pillars at California Plaza and a monument at Cass Street will mark our campus boundaries, fostering a greater sense of community. We are excited for our students and the Creighton community to enjoy the enhancements in the hub of our campus.”

The phased beautification project along 24th Street, between Cass and Cuming, continues the university’s vision for a contemporary urban campus in concert with a modern city infrastructure that will improve public safety for the Creighton community and Omaha while complementing revitalization efforts taking place along North 24th Street. The project adds 11,000 square feet of new greenspace with flowers, trees and shrubs on medians and along sidewalks to create a more welcoming, attractive entrance to Creighton.

"The North 24th Street Business Improvement District applauds Creighton University’s efforts to improve the infrastructure of the North 24th Street Corridor. This new gateway is an impetus towards future streetscape projects that beautify the landscape, provide pedestrian safety and multimodal transportation options for the North 24th Street community" said LaVonya Goodwin, board president, North 24th Street Business Improvement District.

The City of Omaha has invested $3.9 million into the street construction work, and Creighton has provided $2.9 million, raised from private philanthropy, for landscaping and other improvements along 24th Street. A Metro Transit/Federal grant will allow for the multimodal bus shelters and stops.

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