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Motorists earlier this month wait their turn to travel on a road from Bellwood to Columbus, Nebraska, that was reduced to one lane because of flooding.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation is working to start repairs to flood-damaged roads and bridges in northeast Nebraska.

The projects include:

  • Nebraska Highway 12: Immediate repairs to the section of Highway 12 between Standing Bear Bridge and the Santee Spur. Work includes regrading the embankment and surfacing the roadway with millings to restore immediate connections. The department must still hire a contractor to complete asphalt paving.

Nebraska Highway 14: Immediate repairs to a bridge south of Niobrara. The work includes patching the bridge to ensure a reliable route into Niobrara, then an asphalt overlay on the bridge deck once repair work has been completed.

  • U.S. Highway 81 north of Norfolk: Immediate repairs including replacement of affected pavement and repairs to guardrails and shoulders to reopen all four lanes to traffic.
  • Highway 81 near Platte Center: Immediate work repairing and repaving the shoulders.
  • U.S. Highways 81 and 30: Several companies have been awarded contracts for Highways 81 and 30 south of Columbus, including removal and grading and asphalt repairs.

Highway 81 remains open but is closed to heavy truck and semitrailer traffic south of Columbus while evaluation and repairs take place.

Work already completed includes:

  • Nebraska Highway 98: Emergency patching east of Pierce to ensure a reliable route for detoured traffic.
  • Department of Transportation personnel have repaired earthen shoulders in several areas, filled voids, removed flood debris and repaired a bridge approach near Beemer.

Heavy trucks and semitrailer trucks are advised to take only marked detours and avoid county roads in these areas. Many of the county roads are unable to support semitrailer traffic. The department will continue to provide detours for each bridge that has been washed out or requires repair at 511.nebraska.gov.

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