Beatrice City Council Approves Street Plan

BEATRICE – About $2.43 million in street and highway work is expected to get underway this year, in Beatrice.

The city council Monday night approved the local one-and-six-year plan, following a public hearing.  City Engineer James Burroughs says the first year of the plan includes a concrete project on Bell Street between 10th and 12th.

:18                  “these roads”

A second concrete street project is planned for Summit Street, from 7th to 9th.  Some asphalt milling and overlaying projects are on the first year schedule.  They include portions of Ella Street, a new asphalt street on Graham, and resurfacing along 3rd and 9th Streets.  The Ella Street work from 3rd to 5th, is a truck route.

:16                  “as well”

The work on 9th Street is a former concrete street that previously was overlaid with asphalt.

:17                  “top of that”

The 9th Street project extends from Court, to Elk.  The Graham Street project will be new asphalt near a new residential development, without curb and gutter.  It will be paid for through tax increment financing.  Councilman Ted Fairbanks felt that with new development, there should be curb and gutter, along with sidewalks.

The major expense this year will be the city’s share of repair and resurfacing on U.S. Highway 77, between Hickory and Industrial Row.  The city’s share has grown in cost, from $950,000, to nearly $1.5 million.  Burroughs says design and material engineers altered the process for fixing the highway, which upped the price tag.

:09                  “contingency funds”

The city will forego a maintenance procedure on streets this year, called armor coating.  But, Street Superintendent Jason Moore says that will pick up again, in year two of the plan.

:05                  “for the dollar”

In the long-range part of the schedule, city officials hope to phase in storm sewer replacement in advance of a major project along 19th Street, between Court and Lincoln.  That includes possible installation of a retention area near the Big Blue Water Park, to solve a street flooding problem when undersized storm sewers back up water, near 19th, Ella and Elk.

:09                  “sewer projects”

The 19th Street drainage issues have existed for over 50 years.  The area drains into a channel that extends to near the water park.  The proposed retention pond would be located between the water park and a cemetery off south Scott Street.

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