Gage County Approves New Short and Long Range Road Plan

BEATRICE – The Gage County Board has approved the county’s new one-and-six-year road plan.   It includes nearly 30 projects in the first year of the schedule, including a long-awaited federal aid bridge project near Adams.

March 29th in the bid-letting date on that project, and if all goes well, the project could be completed this coming November.

The first year of the county’s plan includes shoulder work on the Wymore to Liberty Road, along with several culvert installations that replace small bridges.

Highway Superintendent Galen Engel says two of the culvert projects have been approved in the second round of a new state bridge program, where counties receive cost-sharing assistance from the state.

:16                  “55-foot culverts”

Supervisors approved an agreement with the state today, for the two projects that are part of the bridge-match program.   The two state-approved projects are estimated to cost a total of about $270,000, with the state paying around $149,000 of the cost.

A consulting engineer for the county, Mark Mainelli of Mainelli-Wagner Associates, said the county has done a good job over the years of efficiently managing resources to address projects that impact commerce.

:46                  “a little differently”

Mainelli says the county’s highway department, with engineering assistance, has looked at all areas of the county to make sure citizens across the county are seeing improvements.

A public hearing on the plan preceded the board’s 7-0 vote of approval.

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