Another major road project. The repair work, estimated at $11.6 million, would be next year in very southern Cass County and northern Otoe County. It may have an impact on the number of cars and trucks on Highway 75 through Cass County for much of 2014 as some Highway 75 traffic would likely continue on alternate routes into and from the Omaha metro since a detour would be needed.
The Nebraska Department of Roads tells the Cassgram, “This proposed highway project is located on U.S. Highway 75 in Otoe and Cass counties, starting northwest of Nebraska City between County Roads “E” and “F”, where the pavement changes from concrete to asphalt, at mile marker 52+61, and extending north 6.11 miles to 0.38 miles south of the junction of US-75 and U.S. Highway 34 east of Union, at MM 58+72.
“The purpose of this improvement project is to preserve the US-75 transportation asset, improve the reliability of the highway system, and maintain the mobility of the traveling public. The existing roadway has reached the end of its service life. This segment of US-75 was part of the designated detour route for Interstate 29 traffic during the 2011 flood event.
“The high traffic volume during that detour accelerated the wear of the pavement and the bridges.
“The improvements on this project would consist of removing the existing pavement and replacing it with new doweled concrete pavement on the main roadway and new surfacing on the shoulders. Drainage under the roadway would be improved. Some vertical curves would be modified to meet minimum stopping sight distances. Bridges at the Union Pacific Railroad, at Weeping Water Creek, about half a mile south of East Union Drive, and about a tenth of a mile south of East Union Drive would be repaired.
“Construction is anticipated to begin as soon as early spring of 2014 with completion in late fall of 2014.
“The proposed construction would require detouring US-75 traffic. Traffic would utilize US-34, Nebraska Highway 50, and Nebraska Highway 2. Local access would be maintained as much as possible.”
An environmental review is being conducted.
The traffic volume on US-75 from Union to Highway 2 at Nebraska City in 2014 is estimated at 4,565 vehicles per days (12% heavy trucks.) In 2034 the traffic is projected to increase by about 600 vehicles per day.
(A NDOR diagram of the proposed work is at www.cassgram.com.)