Lied Bridge/Platte River Connection
In 2002 the NRD opened the Platte River Connection, consisting of a former railroad bridge over the Platte River, converted for trail use, parking areas and a connecting trail, near South Bend. Since then both the Lower Platte South and Papio-Missouri River NRDs have been working to extend their trail systems to the bridge, making the Platte River Connection a vital link in a recreational trail between Lincoln and Omaha.
While the Papio-Missouri River NRD has reached the bridge with its trail system, the Lower Platte South continues to work with the Cass County Board to select a route from its MoPac East Trail, which currently ends at Wabash, to the bridge. For now, there is a marked county road route from Wabash to the bridge.