Shedding More Light On Roadway

More lighting north of Plattsmouth.

The Highway 75 Four Lane Expansion is bringing more street lighting along the highway, its connections and its bridges. That is all part of the state improvements on the stretch of highway. The new alignment of county roads created by the expansion will also be getting new street lights.

The Cassgram the Cass County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with Omaha Public Power District to place two street lights on the 1st Avenue connector (one at East Bay Road and one at Webster Boulevard), one at the Bay Road/6th Street intersection and then one farther west at the Bay Road/18th Street intersection.

Cass County Roads Superintendent Lenny Thorne said because of the existing power line situation OPPD will not charge anything to install the lights but there will be just under a $27 per month charge per light to the county.

Webster Boulevard traffic counts are about 4500 vehicles a day and Bay Road’s count is about 2500, said Thorne. With that amount of traffic and since the new alignment can be tricky, especially at night for motorists unfamiliar with the area, he recommended the installation of the lights.

District 5 Commissioner Duane Murdoch was a little uneasy about the continuing cost but noted how the installation of a street light at Highway 1 and 54th Street made that intersection much safer.

---The board had earlier passed a resolution naming the new road (near Schmidt Trucking) between Webster Boulevard to the south and East Bay Road to the north as 1st Avenue.

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