Many Nebraska roads took a beating during the summer-long flooding along the Missouri River.
State Highway 12 along Lewis & Clark Lake in Knox County has been underwater since June. Kevin Domogalla, an engineer for the Department of Roads in Norfolk, says the department has reopened some parts of the highway east of Niobrara.
“The water is completely off the road,” Domogalla says. “We’re lucky that the river has dropped. We do have some damage to the shoulders of the road. We’ll be doing some work on that shortly. The roadway itself is in a lot better condition that we anticipated when it was flooded.”
Domogalla says the department is considering raising the road in an attempt to avoid future flooding problems, but that’s not an easy task.
“We do have a project in the works for Niobrara east and west to go ahead and raise the road,” he says. “We’re still in the environmental process, trying to figure out the best route.”
West of Niobrara, Domogalla says the department is still waiting for the water to go down before it can proceed. He says pictures have appeared of a crop of cattails that have covered the highway.
“We’ve been cleaning the cattails off, also doing some work cleaning the logs and debris off the highway as the water is going down,” Domogalla says. “We have noticed some damage to the road.
There’s been a current running across the highway that has been eating away parts of the roadway.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton