Asphalt Plant For U.S. 77 Work, Gets Preliminary Approval

BEATRICE – The Gage County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a temporary asphalt plant site, associated with the work being done along U.S. Highway 77 between Princeton and Beatrice.

The site, on Nebraska Highway 41, is just east of Clatonia.  Jarred Horsky of Constructors, Inc. says the company tries to pick a location that will minimize hauling distances.  He says the entrance to the plant will be on an existing field drive along Highway 41.

:06                  “non-paved roads”

County Planning Commission member Monte Murkle abstained from the vote, because he is the operator on the land selected for the plant.  The site would be restored after the plant is no longer in use.

:13                  “paving it”

Trucks would haul to a section of U.S. Highway 77 work just south of Princeton, to a section from Cortland to the south to the Highway 41 junction, and to a three-mile section from Beatrice to the north.

:12                  “plant, too”

The paving work on U.S. Highway 77 is expected to be done in October or November of this year.  Constructors has a one-year lease on the asphalt plant site.  Horsky estimates 15 to 20 trucks will make more than five hauling trips each, per day, at the height of activity.

:08                  “on the road”

Horsky says the company scouted potential locations along U.S. Highway 77 for about a month, before settling on leasing the site near Clatonia.

There was no public testimony for or against the site, during a commission hearing Tuesday night.  The recommendation for approval now goes to the Gage County Board for a hearing, and action.

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