BEATRICE – A federal-aid and State of Nebraska bridge project that cost Gage County additional money to re-design, is about to get more expensive.
The Gage County Board today approved an engineering agreement that will cost an additional $18,250. The reason is stream channel degradation and that the flow line has grown four-and-a-half to five-feet deeper, since the original survey work in 1992.
Gage County Highway Department Superintendent Galen Engel says he was notified yesterday by a Nebraska Department of Transportation Engineer who is overseeing the Adams-Northwest bridge project.
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Engel says he pointed out to NDOT that the county already has done a lot of engineering redesign on the project. He was told no state or federal funding is available to handle the extra expense.
Supervisor Erich Tiemann pulled no punches in laying the blame on the State of Nebraska.
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Tiemann says it’s another $18,000 in cost to the county, even before construction begins. He says the redesign will likely boost the overall construction cost of the project.
County Board Chairman Myron Dorn says work has been underway at the site, and the issue of the engineering agreement is time-sensitive.
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The supervisors approved the additional engineering expense with Speece-Lewis Engineers on a 6-0 vote, in an emergency action listed on the board’s Wednesday agenda. The money will come out of the county’s road budget.