Prior to the construction of the Prairie Queen Recreation Area, low land flooding was occurring downstream, causing damage to homes and businesses in Papillion, NE. To solve this problem, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District hired Hawkins Construction to create a new reservoir where farm land had previously existed. The project consisted of a three-span bridge and an earthen dam, which created a 160-acre lake. The project also called for the new lake to include a recreation area, giving this project a two-fold benefit to the community.
Hawkins moved more than 500,000 cubic yards of dirt, relocated 8,000 linear feet of 30" sanitary pipe, paved 47,000 square yards for a roadway, parking lot, and bike path; and also provided 1,800 cubic yards of structural concrete for the dam structures. Today, WP-5 Reservoir/Prairie Queen Recreation Area is a favorite place for many local residents to enjoy fishing, biking, walking, running, or just enjoying the outdoors.
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District
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