North 11th Street Bridge in “Desperate Need” of Replacement

NEBRASKA CITY, NE – Another bridge in Nebraska City is facing closure in 2018 after corrosion was discovered during a review of the structure last year.

City council members have known for a couple years the North 11th Street bridge, near the old Douglas Tire building, is in “desperate need” of replacement, according to City Administrator Grayson Path.

“Federal law requires that your bridges be reviewed every 24 months. This bridge was part of the last batch last year and the report came back. It needs some very serious repairs, if not replacement. We decided we just need to go to replacement.”

City commissioners learned Monday night the southwest corner of the bridge is in the worst condition and would fail first if no action is taken.

Along with replacement, 1st Avenue to the bridge and from the bridge to city limits (about to the Arborview Apartments) will get new asphalt after a mill overlay, similar to the current project on South 11th Street.

Path says the estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million dollars and would be paid over twenty years through property tax.

City council approved the project and will begin the process of hiring an engineering firm to help with design. Path hopes the project will begin in 2018.

Meanwhile, Path wants to have 90% of the 4th Corso Viaduct design to the railroad for approval by March, so construction can begin in Fall 2017.

In addition to the $4 million awarded to the city late last year, Nebraska City received additional funding from the state earlier this month to help cover the $8 million construction tab.

Both the N. 11th St. bridge project and 4th Corso viaduct project would coincide with each other.

Also on the agenda Monday:

  • No site has been chosen yet for the Holiday Inn Express, so no further action was taken.
  • Mayor Bryan Bequette declared Oct. 2 – 8 as “Public Power and Public Natural Gas Week” with a presentation to Nebraska City Utilities
  • Mayor Bequette also declared Sept. 18 – 24 “Women for Today Week” in Nebraska City, bringing awareness to foster children and domestic violence.

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