The state’s budget crunch means virtually no new road projects and more patching of existing highways.
Kevin Domogalla, the state Department of Roads’ new engineer for District Three, based in Norfolk, oversees maintenance and construction for 15 northeast Nebraska counties.
Domogalla says they’re working to keep up the highways with diminishing resources.
“With the state budget the way it is, we won’t have as many projects pushed out and done,” he says. “The projects will be of a pavement preservation mode as opposed to a complete reconstruction.”
Domogalla says his crews have a number of pavement issues they’re watching.
“We’ve got aging pavement out there we need to keep on with our pavement preservation projects,” he says. “It’s going to be a big job to keep everything in the condition that we want.”
Domogalla says unlike past years, they do not have any big projects in the district this year.
He says there’s some work on Highway 81, some asphalt work and a few bridge projects, but that’s all the budget will likely allow. Domogalla succeeds Kris Winter as District Three engineer, who retired after 20 eight years of state service, the last eight as district engineer.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton