New Roads Planned South Of The Metro

Large road bid package prepared by county roads department. The department head told Cass County Commissioners it is a larger asphalt maintenance plan than ever before.

The Cassgram reports the biggest portion of the estimated $1.5 million package is the milling, patching and two-inch asphalt overlay on a paved section between Highway 1 and Highway 66. The state built the road that runs on 54th Street, Church Road and 42nd Street 30 years ago as a detour while Highway 75 was under construction and then the county took over maintenance. The estimated cost on that section is $900,000, said County Roads Superintendent Lenny Thorne.

The work will also include widening the turn area on 42nd Street where it connects with Highway 66, something that is needed since Midwest Farmers Coop built a grain storage facility south of there on 42nd Street.

Also in the bid package:

-Extensive patching, milling and a 2.5 inch overlay on Waconda Road. The estimated cost is $475,000. County crews will do tree and dirt work prior to the asphalt work.

-Milling and patching on Rock Bluff Road from Highway 75 east to 2nd Avenue (by Mr. Landscape)

-Patching and an overlay in Copper Corral

-Patching on 96th Street north of Cedar Creek Road

-Patching on Cedar Creek Road

-Patching on Chicago Avenue south of Plattsmouth

-Patching by the I-80 Speedway

The bids will be received and then the county board will make the determination on proceeding with the projects. Thorne said the package is designed to have a lot of the work done in the 2013-14 fiscal year with some carryover into 2014-15.

“We’ve got to find a way to get more active on our roads and we think this is the way to get things moving,” said Thorne.

The county is hoping for competitive bids with the bigger package.


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