Flagging operations are scheduled to begin this week along U.S. Highway 75 in Cass County as a long-awaited, $61 million widening project gets under way.
Gov. Dave Heineman is scheduled to be among the dignitaries attending a groundbreaking event at 2 p.m. Wednesday near Highway 75 and Oak Hill Road in Plattsmouth. The event will celebrate the start of a four-year project that has been 20 years in the making.
Rick Fisher, project manager for the Nebraska Department of Roads, said Avenue B at Highway 75 in Plattsmouth will be closed for several weeks at the start of the project. Installation of temporary lanes along the shoulder of the highway will necessitate some lane closures and put flaggers on the road, he said.
Hawkins Construction Co. was selected for the widening project, which will include six miles of improvements on Highway 75 starting just south of Oak Hill Road and extending north to the Platte River. Fisher said some culverts already have been built and utility relocation is under way.
Hard-surfacing of temporary lanes along the existing shoulders will start soon at various locations along the highway, Fisher said. Grading will be evident along the route as ditches are filled in and the future lanes are contoured.
When finished, Highway 75 will have been reconstructed to freeway and expressway standards. Plattsmouth officials have said the project will be a boon to Omaha commuters as well as to businesses in Cass and Otoe Counties.
Fisher said motorists should remember that the speed limit along the construction zone is now 50 mph, and fines will double for speeders.
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