BEATRICE – A public hearing will be held February 14th on Gage County’s short and long-range road and bridge plans.
The county’s Highway Superintendent, Galen Engel explained to county supervisors Wednesday, that 29 projects are planned in the first year of the new schedule.
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Engel says another 30 projects are listed on the proposed plan for future years. Counties are required to submit the so-called one-and-six-year plans, to the State of Nebraska Department of Transportation.
One of the first-year Gage County projects on a heavily-used asphalt road north of Odell, will require a short detour for local traffic. Longer range traffic would likely be directed to use Nebraska Highways 8 and 112. The tentative start of construction would be about April 2nd, taking about two months to complete.
Road and Bridge Committee Chairman Terry Jurgens says the condition of roads in the county has held up well so far, through the winter season.
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Board member John Hill says some road projects the county would like to accomplish would already be done, if not for the legal expenses the county is incurring in the Beatrice Six case. Those expenses, so far, are over $1.7 million.