Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of West Hickory Road Paving

BEATRICE – Local officials cut the ribbon on a newly-paved, 4.2 miles of West Hickory Road, Tuesday afternoon.  It provides a hard-surfaced concrete connection between U.S. Highway 77 and a fertilizer manufacturing area, northwest of Beatrice.

Gage County Board Chairman, Myron Dorn
Gage County Board Chairman, Myron Dorn

Gage County Board Chairman Myron Dorn says it’s a project that had been on the drawing board, for decades.

:13                  “to sign, for that”

Paulsen Construction, of Cozad, completed the paving this year at a cost of around $4.5 million, financed by county road and bridge sinking funds and inheritance tax revenue.

:07                  “all the work in”

Walker Zulkoski, Gage Area Growth Enterprise
Walker Zulkoski, Gage Area Growth Enterprise

Executive Director of NGage, Walker Zulkoski, says the road will serve area residents, tourists and large industry.

:22                  “checks that box”

The last piece of surfacing work to be done is adjacent to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad crossing near the west end of the new paving.

The construction project started in late spring and the road was reopened for public use in late September.  The nine-inch depth concrete road has a 55-mile-per-hour speed limit.

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