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I-80 overpass to be widened

Traffic lights are coming to Gothenburg even if they’re temporary.

During a $3.2 million Nebraska Department of Roads highway widening project, only one lane of traffic will be open on the Interstate 80 overpass.

Traffic lights at the bottom will indicate when motorists can travel. Barriers will separate the lanes.

NDOR project manager Josh Willard said the existing overpass, built in 1963, will grow in width from 28 to 44 feet to accommodate agricultural equipment or other wide loads.

Once completed, Willard said each lane will be 12-feet wide with 10-feet shoulders.

The project begins June 23 and is scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2015.

In addition to replacement of the existing bridge, new concrete pavement will be installed.

Paulsen Inc. of Cozad is the contractor.

“We’d like people to be aware of the width restrictions,” Willard said, noting that the first phase will have an 11-foot wide passage way and the second phase a 13-foot lane.

The number of motorists who travel the overpass daily is 3,940 with 9% counted as truck traffic.

NDOR is finishing the installation of asphalt overlay on Highway 47 north from city limits to the county line.

The cost of that project, Willard said, is $2.2 million.

“We’re working on shoulders right now and will be done in about three weeks,” he said.

Vehicles per day on that stretch of road are counted at 1,470. Truck traffic is 10%.

More construction planned in 2015 is the resurfacing of Highway 30 from Gothenburg to Brady. That project is estimated at $7.1 million.

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