Crews are almost ready to start repairs on the popular Steamboat Trace Trail in southeast Nebraska which was ravaged by the past two years of Missouri River flooding.
Bob Hilske, general manager of the Natural Resources District, says they’ll focus on eight miles of trail between Peru and Brownville.
They’ll be repairing erosion problems and resurfacing the trail base with limestone, though the extent of the damage varies widely.
Hilske says there are areas where they’ll just have to lay a couple inches of rock and other places that will require more extensive repairs.
Repairs range from sediment deposited a foot deep that needs to be cleared off while in other areas, there’s significant erosion and the trail and bed are completely washed away.
The northern section of the trail, from Peru to Nebraska City, is now open. The section from Peru to Brownville should reopen in mid-July.
The project should cost about $140,000. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pick up 75% of the cost, with the remainder coming from local NRD funds.
By Matthew Leaf, KTNC, Falls City