(Neb.)-Bridge Work Continues In Dawes County
(DAWES COUNTY)-Work continues on some of the bridges in Dawes County. Highway superintendent Larry Hankin was at the Dawes County commissioners’ meeting Thursday morning to request authorization to move forward with project # C-23, which involves the south bridge on Bethel Loop Road. The relocation project includes straightening the road, removing the bridge, and installing two culverts in its place, a 10-foot one on East Ash Creek and an 8-foot one on Little Creek. The commissioners signed the contract with McCaslin Consulting of Scottsbluff, the engineering firm that is overseeing the project. Littrell Construction of Chadron will serve as the project’s contractor. Hankin anticipates that the project will commence on Tuesday, September 2nd, and will reach final completion in 75 days. The estimated cost of the project is $109,128, but Hankin says the total has the potential of going down a little upon completion.
Other bridges that will see some work done on them at least by next year are the Lemmon Bridge and the Soester Bridge. Hankin says the Lemmon Bridge, which is currently closed, has a northeast piling that is rotting and needs replaced. An engineer will be called in to further examine it for more issues. On the Soester Bridge, the southwest wall needs work. Hankin says both of these bridges will be worked on sometime next summer, in which order he’s not yet sure. He said he would like to see them go to bid by November or December to further open the window of construction opportunity for potential bidders and to ensure the best possible price for the county.
Hankin also shared that the Sand Creek Bridge, as mentioned in a previous story here on KCSR, is open and operational again on Toadstool Road north of Crawford.
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