More Delays On Highway 50 Resurfacing

Resurfacing on a busy Nebraska highway hasn't been a smooth project. Crews are returning Highway 50 south of Louisville now to redo a section of the road for the second time.

Drivers who thought resurfacing on Highway 50 was done found stop and go traffic again.

"I was hoping it would be done by now," one driver says. "I didn't know it was going to continue on."

Last fall, Omni of Omaha completed the $4.5 million resurfacing project south of Louisville. But after tests, the state ordered the contract back to remove the top inch and a half of asphalt on the six-mile stretch.

"Low density would then allow rutting to occur," said district engineer Tim Weander. "That asphalt would continue to settle or deform under loads."

But after relaying, a half-mile section had to be re-replaced. An Omni foreman tells Channel Six a new layer of asphalt is being laid to meet state specs at the company's expense.

Drivers are concerned with how long it will take to pass through the area.

"They have to bare the brunt of this corrective action," Weander says. "We apologize for that but we want the best pavement out there for what we're paying for it."

Drivers seem to accept another delay, and state engineers hope when it comes to completing the resurfacing project, the third time's the charm.

Omni didn't respond to our calls for an official comment. The district engineer says striping the road will be the only thing causing any more delays on Highway 50.

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