NEBRASKA CITY, NE – Two significant road projects in Nebraska City have begun or will begin in the coming weeks. The Highway 2, Highway 75 intersection project has already begun this month. The South 11th Street resurfacing project will begin in late April.
Since the late 2000’s, plans have been developed to make the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 75 safer for drivers. The State of Nebraska made the project a ‘top priority’ for their “Build Nebraska Act” and are building an overpass for Highway 2 travelers to safely crossover Highway 75 south of Nebraska City.
City Administrator Grayson Path says traffic will be maintained at all times during the two-year project.
“They’re going to build the on and off ramps first, and then they’re going to divert traffic to those on and off ramps while they build they build the actual overpass itself.”
$3.3 million of the $22 million project will come from the city. Path says Nebraska City has to participate because the project is touching the town’s city limits.
Beginning April 25, South 11th Street from McDonald’s to Wal-Mart will be getting a new surface to make travel smoother and easier for drivers.
According to Path, construction workers are going to mill down the road a couple inches and then pour six to ten inches of concrete on top of that.
“We’re going to be doing some water main replacement in that project. We are also going to be replacing some storm system drainage in that project. We’re going to be putting a sidewalk in from McDonald’s down to the hospital.”
Path says the only difference for drivers will be the missing left turning lane. There will be two-lane traffic throughout the length of the project.
The $2 million project is expected to be finished by Labor Day Weekend.
Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling through the construction zones and be aware of stop and go traffic.