Beatrice Share of U.S. Highway 77 Project Cost, Increases

Beatrice Share of U.S. Highway 77 Project Cost, Increases
Red line shows part of U.S. 77 project within city limits

BEATRICE – An already expensive Nebraska Department of Transportation project on U.S. Highway 77 in north Beatrice for this year, has apparently now gotten more expensive for the city.

:07                  “have the additional”

Mayor Stan Wirth says the city’s share of the work on the highway between Hickory Road and Industrial Row was expected to be just short of a million dollars.

Wirth says the city has three options it could consider.

:21                  “period of time”

The mayor says a third choice would be that the city pays the entire higher amount, but delays some street work the city has planned in the first year of its’ one-and-six-year program.

:08                  “combined”

Because the work being done on a part of the U.S. Highway is located within the city limits, the city is stuck with the bill for one lane northbound and one lane southbound.  Additional work is planned on the highway farther north toward the Pickrell corner. The total length of the project is about 4.9 miles.

The tentative start date for what’s known as Pickrell South, is April 2nd.  The estimated total cost of the resurfacing project is nearly $4.5 million.

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