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Rolling it out Thursday
After a summer of snarls, congestion and bumpy rides, motorists can expect smoother, more pleasant drives soon through the middle of North Platte.
The construction on South Dewey and Jeffers Streets is winding down, Nebraska Department of Roads Engineer Gary Thayer told the Bulletin Thursday.
Thayer said concrete repairs on Dewey from the South Platte River Bridge to Leota St. are finished, after crews worked many nights, aiming to reduce traffic snarls near the busy and narrow Leota St. intersection.
Thayer said that is the last section of the one-way streets that need concrete repairs. Most of the new asphalt is laid over the top of the concrete on Dewey and Jeffers, between Philip and B Street.
There is some work to do yet on the “S curve” where the two streets merge, Thayer said.
Western Engineering is applying the asphalt overlay and aims to be finished by Nov. 1.
Part of one lane of overlay remains to be done on Jeffers from E Street to B, and another topcoat is likely from Philip south to Leota.
The S curve transition joining Dewey to Jeffers will get some repairs after the other sections are complete. Of course, weather is a factor and may bring some slight delays, Thayer said.
Next summer, the DOR will supervise work on sidewalks at intersections all along the one-way streets to meet the standards of the American Disabilities Act, according to Thayer.
Thayer said in 2014, the entire deck of the South River Bridge will be replaced and the deck of the North Platte River Bridge will be repaired and overlaid, plus new guard rails and fencing along the walkway. Also, contracts will be let in late 2014 to repair and overlay Jeffers from First to Sixth, with the work scheduled for summer 2015.