BEATRICE – Gage County officials this week approved agreements for a long-awaited federal aid bridge project near Adams, lamenting that the new required design standards will cost the county additional engineering expense.
County officials blame the extra expense on a Nebraska Board of Classifications and Standards decision to require the bridge to be built to newer design standards.
County officials say the project had already been engineered and was on the drawing board for several years.
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That additional engineering expense, according to Gage County Board members, totals $14,433.
Gage County Highway Superintendent Galen Engel said this week that scheduled work will be done by the State of Nebraska on Highway 41, which includes replacing several bridges.
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The planned bid-letting for the bridge work is this fall. Gage County Board Chairman Myron Dorn says the state’s tentative schedule is to do the bridge work next year, then widen and overlay the section of Nebraska Highway 41 the following year.