Tough Going on Some Rural Roads This Spring

Tough Going on Some Rural Roads This Spring
West Hickory Road Barricades

BEATRICE – Rural residents know all too well…..gravel roads in southeast Nebraska haven’t been in the best condition this spring because of persistent wet weather and flooding.

Gage County Board member Terry Jurgens farms and is the county’s road and bridge chairman.

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In addition to a closure today on West Hickory Road…..a concrete surface….County Board Chairman Erich Tiemann says there are other sections of road not usable.

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Tiemann says there’s a lot of scouring and washouts on roadways.  Jurgens says it affects higher traveled county roads, but township roads as well.

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Since March 1st, Gage County has spent nearly $100,000 hauling rock to roads that need it.  Rock and gravel spending for township roads has totaled about $170,000 since March 1st.

The county was already over-budget on aggregate supplies as of February 1st.

Jurgens says in areas where culverts are older and have been in place several years, there’s sometimes not enough capacity to handle all the rain and runoff.

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Jurgens says development of watershed dams in the Lower Big Blue NRD over the years, has helped reduce damage from flooding.  He says in a more typical spring, a break in the weather would help farmers trying to move grain.

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In addition to difficult road conditions, fields have been carrying a lot of water in many areas, making it difficult to complete planting.

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