AUBURN – Nemaha County’s two new commissioners got their first look at the proposed one and six-year road plan at Wednesday’s meeting.
Mike Hall and Larry Holtzman reviewed a plan that includes five bridge projects, constructing a road to a county communications tower and repairing hard-surfaced roads on the Auburn beltway and Brownville entrance.
Engineer Mark Mainelli said funding grants through the Nebraska Transportation Innovation Act will help replace two truss bridges downstream of the Buck and Duck creek lakes with culverts.
Mainelli: “Generally, how the rules are written is, the Legislature gave us $40 million. Gave us, being the counties. The DOT will give the counties up to $150,000 or 55 percent of the cost of the project. In these cases, part of the innovation is we’ve trained our own crews to put these types of structures in, so we get 55 percent of the cost of the materials and we get 55 percent of the cost the labor and equipment.”
Mainelli said the one-year plan also includes building a road to where a home is under construction.
A project to regrading a dirt road southwest of Nemaha and build grader ditches was removed from the plan.
A public hearing on the road plan is scheduled at the next board meeting on Feb. 20.