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(Neb)-State Program To Help Replace 3 Dawes County Bridges  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/12/2017 12:02 AM
CHADRON - Dawes County has been selected for first round funding of Nebraska's new County Bridge Match Program and will use the money to replace 3 aging and substandard bridges with culverts.

      They are the Lemmon Road bridge south of Whitney and 2 bridges on Egan Road south of Highway 20 about 6 miles east of Chadron.

       County Road Superintendent Larry Hankin has no timetable yet for the work, but says the Lemmon Road bridge is the top priority.

       The Bridge Match Program was created last year as part of the Transportation Innovation Act and provides 55% of eligible bridge construction costs.

       Dawes County Commissioner and board chairman Jake Stewart says the county welcomes all the help it can get when it comes to repairing or replacing bridges.

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 Nebraska Department of Roads Superintendent Kyle Schneweis says he's proud of how the new program came together in just 8 months to deal with "critical needs within Nebraska’s transportation system.”

      The Bridge Match Program had $4-million dollars this year and received 80 applications for 151 bridges from 61 counties, but selected only 22 proposals to repair or replace 68 bridges in 32 counties, including Dawes.

    The competitive selection process gave extra points to projects involving more than 1 county, which led to Dawes, Scotts Bluff, Kimball, Morrill, and Cheyenne counties submitting a single application with Scotts Bluff as the lead county. The result was sharing $200,000.

      In addition to the 3 Dawes County projects, the Panhandle package includes 2 bridges each for Kimball and Morrill counties and one each in Cheyenne and Scotts Bluff counties


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