Road collapse at 36th Street near Ponca Road could take months to repair

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 11:01 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A bridge collapse forced Douglas County officials to issue an emergency road closure Tuesday at 36th Street near Ponca Road.

No one was driving on the road when it collapsed around 9 a.m., authorities said.

County engineers were at the scene Tuesday morning trying to figure out the cause of the collapse. A multi-plate metal structure, measuring 19 feet high and 26 feet wide, is under the bridge built in 1972.

Nearby resident Jonathan White said he drives 36th Street several times daily.

“Yeah... it’s scary. I wouldn’t want to be driving down that hill on an icy morning. ... You know, you can slide down that hill pretty easy,” he said. “Lucky that it went down when there wasn’t any snow out here because somebody could have very easily slid down into that, you know.”

County engineers told 6 News it will take several months to figure out the best way to replace the structure and the bridge.

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