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(Neb)-State Hwy Plan Has $72-M In FY 2018 Panhandle Projects

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/10/2017 11:19 AM
LINCOLN - Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis has released the $481-million dollar fiscal year 2018 Surface Transportation Program, detailing 100 road and bridge projects that will be built or started in the next 12 months plus projects tentatively planned for the next 5 years. 

     Only 8 projects estimated at $71.9-million dollars are scheduled for FY 2018 in District 5, which covers the 11 Panhandle counties. None are new construction and only 2 are in the northern Panhandle.

     One is resurfacing about 8-miles of Highway 2 east out of Alliance at $2.5-million and the other is a $3.3-million resurfacing of 13 miles of Highway 71 in Sioux County, starting at the Box Butte county line.

     The largest of the Panhandle projects, accounting for more than 60% of the district total, is the $46.8-million dollar reconstruction with bridge work of the western-most 13 miles of Interstate 80 in Nebraska, the Bushnell exit to the the Wyoming line.

     $4.9-million will go for highway preservation at sites across the district, there's $4.9-million for resurfacing and bridge repairs on Highway 385 in Morrill County between Northport and Link 62A, and $4.1-million to resurface 13 miles of Highway 27 north from I-80.

     The other projects in District 5 are resurfacing 9-miles of Highway 26 east from the Morrill-Garden County line, $2-million for resurfacing Highway 385 in Dalton, and $650,000 for automatic gates on I-80 at multiple exits across the Panhandle.

      The Highway Program has 27 projects for the Panhandle over the 5 years starting next July, but the only new capital project is the $33.9-million dollar second phase of widening of Highway 385 to 4 lanes between Alliance and Link 62A south of Angora. The first phase is already underway.

       The rest of the FY 2019-2024 projects are tagged "asset preservation" and include bridge repair and resurfacing  Highway 20 from Whitney to Crawford and from Rushville to the Dawes County line, 13 miles of Highway 27 in Gordon and south, and 2 sections of Highway 29...one of 18 miles in Mitchell and north 18 miles and one of 15 miles roughly centered at Agate.

     The full plan, funded from state and federal highway user taxes and fees, plus an interactive GIS map is available online at dot.nebraska.gov/projects/publications/program-book.


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