City of Beatrice To Pay Share of U.S. 77 Work, Over Three Years

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice will pay it’s share of a U.S. Highway 77 project about to begin, over a three-year period.

The Beatrice Board of Public Works passed a resolution Wednesday, for how the city’s 50% share will handled.  Officials were initially told the local share of the work would be around $900,000.  But recently, the Nebraska Department of Roads indicated the overall cost estimate is $2.8 million…meaning local officials have to come up with about $1.4 million.

BPW Manager Tobias Tempelmeyer says the Nebraska Department of Transportation has agreed to a three-year payment period.

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The U.S. 77 project located within the city limits, extends from Industrial Row north to West Hickory Road.  The rest of the project, extends to near Pickrell.  The city had previously planned for the $900,000 payment, in this year’s budget.

The additional money will come from continency reserves.

Beatrice Street Superintendent Jason Moore says the pink paint motorists may notice along the stretch, are markers for areas that will initially be patched.

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The project is scheduled to begin next Monday, April 2nd.   Electronic signboards have been put in place, advising motorists that construction will be starting.

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