Nebraska DOT opens final bridge damaged from spring 2019 flooding event

As of this month, all highway miles and bridges affected by the flood are now open

February 19, 2020
Nebraska Highway 13 flood-damaged bridge
Image: Nebraska DOT

The Nebraska DOT (NDOT) recently announced the opening of the Nebraska Highway 13 bridge east of Hadar, four miles north of Norfolk—the final bridge to be reopened as a result of damage sustained from the March 2019 flooding event.

The flooding resulted in the closure of 3,300 highway miles and 27 highway bridges. As of this month, all highway miles and bridges affected by the flood are now open.

NDOT partnered with consultant Wilson & Company Inc. Engineer & Architects of Omaha, who designed the bridge, and contractor Herbst Construction of Le Mars, Iowa, who received the $2.8 million contract for bridge replacement.

Additional work, including guardrail surfacing, grading, and seeding, will be completed under traffic in the spring. 

“I’m proud of the partnership that made the reopening of this bridge possible,” NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis said in a statement. “The community has endured a great hardship without their major transportation route, and we thank them for their patience. It is a day to celebrate as we reopen this bridge and restore mobility for the community.”

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SOURCE: Nebraska DOT

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