SE Nebraska Counties Seek Another Round of State Matching Roads Funding

BEATRICE – Gage County is part of a group of counties submitting five projects to the Nebraska Department of Transportation for possible state funding, under the second year of a new matching funds program.

The program is aimed at helping counties get caught up on needed regional road and bridge work.   Gage County Highway Department Superintendent Galen Engel spoke of the five projects, today.

:12                  “old timber bridges”

Gage County, this past year, partnered with other southeast Nebraska Counties in submitting applications to the state, for possible funding.  Each project selected has 55% of its total cost paid for by state funding, up to a maximum of $150,000 per project.

Engel says projects that are selected will be awarded by the state, January 18th.

:16                  “under Gage County”

Engel says Pawnee County is serving as the lead county on a box culvert project for Pawnee, Gage and Johnson Counties.  Johnson County is serving as the lead county for metal pipe projects for Johnson, Gage and Pawnee Counties.

The hope is by bundling projects with other counties, there’s a better chance of receiving state funding support.

In other highway department business, the City of Wymore is purchasing an old asphalt crack sealing machine from Gage County.  The city was the only entity bidding for the machine, and it will be acquired for a price of just over $4,700.

Gage County recently acquired a new sealer, opting to take bids on the 2011 unit that was no longer needed.  County Supervisor Matt Bauman notes it means a machine is being purchased through tax funding, twice…but he said it’s still a savings for the city.

:03                  “heartache, on it”

One board member voted no on the move to sell the machine.  Gary Lytle said the county had discussed putting the machine up for bid on an online auction service.

:13                  “lot more sense”

Some board members said it would likely cost less to privately contract for crack sealing work.  Wymore’s bid for the machine was approved, by a 6-1 board vote.

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