Nebraska City Accepts Contract For Fourth Corso Bridge

NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council’s acceptance Tuesday of the construction contract for the Fourth Corso viaduct received applause in the council chambers and enthusiasm by Street Commissioner Vic Johns.

The state Roads Department opened seven bids Dec. 14 and determined that Hawkins Construction of Omaha is the low bidder at $5,793,241.

Johns said when the bridge closed in 2014, the city was told to expect a replacement bill in the range of $8 million and was unsure if there would be any financial help.

He credited city officials and a private citizen for helping the city gain two years of state bridge funding and unutilized federal funds. The city’s costs are expected to top out at $800,000.

Johns: “It’s just a tremendous victory. It really is. We are getting a brand new viaduct at a tremendous price.”

Hawkins is scheduled to begin work on the 17-month project, that includes a pedestrian crosswalk, no later than April 1.

Johns said the new viaduct could be open by AppleJack in 2019.

Johns: “I hope that we have another celebration because we really did a good job securing a lot of outside funding to help us pay for that. That would have been an enormous burden to the taxpayers if we would have had to replace that just using our funds.”

He said the city has also adopted a more proactive role in bridge maintenance, hiring inspections for all city bridges. The process prioritized the north 11th Street bridge as the next for replacement.

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