After multiple delays, progress is being made on the new bridge over the Missouri River that will join Nebraska and Missouri.
Construction manager Mike Habegger, with the Nebraska Department of Roads, says a concrete crew poured about half the bridge deck last week and, if the weather holds, the rest of the span may be poured this week.
“The weather has pushed us back a little bit this spring with the cold temps and the snows,” Habegger says. “It’s been a little tough to get our concrete pours in, the way the temperature has been going.”
The Missouri River bridge on Highway 159 at Rulo has been a work in progress for two years.
In recent weeks, temperature extremes, rain and snow made it difficult to make much progress on the project.
“The contractor came in when the weather moderated earlier about three or four weeks ago and he got started and then, of course, the rains came and then the cold weather,” Habegger says. “He’s been kinda pushed out and we’re hoping that he comes back in here next week.”
Habegger says the approaches to the bridge are mostly finished, with some minor work yet to complete on the Missouri side of the river.
He says they should still be on target to open the bridge to traffic by mid to late July.
By Matthew Leaf, KTNC, Falls City