Archive March 2019

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Road Repairs from Flooding Underway; 231 Miles Still Closed

By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star, March 28, 2019
Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis told the Legislature's Revenue Committee on Wednesday that he's hopeful Nebraska's flood-ravaged roads system will be fully restored "in a matter of months, if not weeks."
During the last few days, he said, there have been "rumors about delayed projects, but none of those decisions have been made."
Some 231 miles remained closed at the beginning of the day, a figure far below the more than 2,000 miles that were closed at a time during the past two weeks, Schneweis said. FULL ARTICLE

Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Issues New Executive Order for Locate Request Flexibility

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a new executive order to extend the response time for locate requests in flood-impacted communities.  State law requires responses to notifications of excavation within two days.  Executive Order 19-05 temporarily extends the response time to seven days for personnel engaged in disaster response.


“In light of the historic flooding and devastation our communities have experienced, the Governor’s Office is working to cut red tape,” said Taylor Gage, Director of Strategic Communications for Governor Ricketts.  “This new executive order will help alleviate some of the burden on Nebraskans engaged in disaster response as our communities work to recover and rebuild.” FULL ARTICLE

Nebraska Department of Transportation Announces Emergency Repairs to Begin in Northeast Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is currently working to start repairs to the flood-damaged roadways and bridges on various emergency projects in northeast Nebraska. FULL ARTICLE

Roads, bridges to somewhere: The massive task of rebuilding after floods in Nebraska, Iowa

Nebraska’s washed-out bridges, peeling highways and crumpled roads all led somewhere. So did Iowa’s, before the floods.
Those roads carried people to work and corn to market. They carried pivot parts to Valmont, packages to porches and birthday cards to moms.
The scope of the infrastructure challenge facing Nebraska is daunting. Some 65 counties had declared emergencies by Tuesday, most based on flooding. The flooded areas stretch from the Missouri River in the east to Boyd and Keya Paha Counties in north-central Nebraska, the state says. FULL ARTICLE




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