Traffic Not Taking A Toll

Plattsmouth bridge 80 years old and still handling the traffic. The Plattsmouth City Council received an update from the Plattsmouth Bridge Commission Chairman. Jeanie Brookhouser said the restart-up debt is paid off and traffic counts continue to rise.

The bridge went from privately-owned to publicly-owned in 2007 (archives 12/3/07) and was closed for six months in 2008 while it was refurbished with the help of $3.2 million in federal transportation funds.

As it re-opened in November of that year, the bridge commission authorized $275,000 in warrants to pay for operating expenses while the toll revenue was built up again. Brookhouser told the council she was happy to report that debt has been paid off and the operation is now debt-free.

Traffic counts have been rising and the summer months are especially busy at the toll booth.

Last month, the vehicle count was 36,038 including just over 7,100 trucks. In April of 2009, the total traffic count was 28,666. Statistics show May through September are the busiest months of travel on the bridge.

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