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All over town: High dollar constructionTell North Platte what you think
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Modern Tire Pros, ready to open
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Great Plains Regional Med Center, west side
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Paulsen's Ready Mix Concrete building, Newberry Road.
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A liquid natural gas fueling station, west side of Flying J Travel Center.
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Nebraskaland National Bank
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Dawson Public Power Warehouse, Industrial Park
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Valley Pro Irrigation, E. Walker Road
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New public transit building
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Centris Federal Credit Union
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Dispatcher at public transit building
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Public, at left, and Transit

Construction crews continue to use warm weather to their advantage, building millions of dollars worth of new projects all over North Platte.

“It’s been a tremendous year,” North Platte Building Inspector Dave Hahn said.

Typically, the outdoor construction season comes to an end in November, but warmer than normal temperatures are forecast through the winter, according to the National Weather Service.

Work is progressing rapidly on a new liquid natural gas fueling station near the Flying J Travel Center on the east I-80 interchange. Construction manager John Giesler hopes the new dispensers could be operational before the winter is over. His part of the project – the footings and foundation, is nearly complete.

On So. Jeffers, a new Modern Tire Pros shop is ready to open, meeting its goal of redeveloping the entire lot in less than a year.

The Royal Colonial Inn was demolished on the property in early February and work began immediately on a new $1.3 million Tire Pro shop and a $1 million car wash – the Super Suds, which opened in early September.

Across Jeffers St., work continues on a new, three-story, $2 million Nebraskaland National Bank building. The bank is scheduled to open late next year, maybe sooner with good luck and warm weather.

Work is also well underway on a new hospital/medical center. Constructon is in the early stages of a 3-4 year project, but steel frames are in place and exterior walls are being built for an two-story Information Technology addition on the west side of Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Another parking lot is under construction on the east side.

At Philip and Jeffers, a new $1.6 million Centris Federal Credit Union building will be enclosed soon so work can continue through the winter, no matter how cold it might get.


Four construction projects are underway south of I-80 on Newberry Road. Dirt work and footings are nearly complete for Inland Truck Parts’ new $2 million building. The Liquid Natural Gas fuel stop for the Clean Energy company and Pilot Travel Center is a $500,000 project.

On West Walker Road, near Plains Equipment, Valley Pro Irrigation is building a new $250,000 retail store and shop and Garth Anderson has built a $190,000 warehouse.

Earlier this year, Paulsen Inc., a west-central Nebraska construction company headquartered in Cozad, finished a $1 million concrete plant near Newberry and the South Platte River. Paulsen is building a new driveway to the plant off Newberry and recently obtained the city's permission to set up fuel tanks at the plant.

$15 million and counting

In all, nearly $15 million in new commercial buildings are complete or underway this year around the city, Hahn said, with nearly $3 million of that amount just since September.

Another $2 million has been spent on new homes, garages and car ports in the last 12 months, Hahn said.

“We have lot of activity and lots of interesting projects,” he said.

Not included in that total is the $9.2 million health and science center at North Platte Community College, which opened Aug. 22.

Also, the ribbon was cut Oct. 31 on a new Girl Scout Lakeview Cabin at Lake Maloney, outside the city limits and not in the total.

Work drags past the scheduled Nov. 1 completion of the resurfacing of U.S. Highway 83, the main street through North Platte. Crews work at night to lessen the hazards and traffic delays.

Several big projects are planned in 2013, including most of the work on the $95 million, seven-story tower for Great Plains Regional Medical Center, which has not officially been permitted yet.

Also planned:

• New $10 million overpass at the west end of Bailey Yard. Work expected to begin this winter.

• More than $1 million in renovations to the historic 1913 Post Office building at Fifth and Jeffers, as it becomes a new center for the arts.

• A new salon and spa at 806 S. Maple at a cost of $450,000.

Other projects underway or recently finished:

• Jody’s Auto Sales – new office/ sales building/ garage - $150,000

• Rosenberg Insurance – interior remodeling - $15,000

• Nebraskaland Days Buffalo Bill Arena – covered entrance, ticket booth, fence - $70,000.

• Dawson Public Power District – warehouse in the original Industrial Park - $250,000.

• Craig Weaver – storage building 2001 Rodeo Rd. - $80,000.

• Adolescent & Child Care Specialists – remodeling and renovation at 210 McNeel Lane - $160,000.

• KJM/Ken Shafer – warehouse at 1115 N. Vine - $45,000.

• Sandhills Distributing, cooler expansion at 720 Lake Drive – $500,000.

• Troyer Enterprises, building will double current size - $210,000.

• Cody Go Karts – meeting room with living unit and garage - $60,000.

• Armed Forces Military Recruiting, remodeling at 1105 S. Dewey - $120,000.

City bus barn

The new $1.25 million public transit bus barn officially opened Nov. 1. It's a high-tech, state-of-the-art building with the newest features in heating and lighting.

It’s all automatic. If a switch is left on after a certain point of time it automatically shuts off, according to North Platte Public Transit Director Marilee Hyde.

There are 12 parking stalls inside the garage, which will allow for future growth of the city’s bus fleet.

At the west end of the building, a self-contained wash and clean-up bay will keep vehicles clean and well maintained inside and out.

The dispatch center is also high-tech, Hyde said. The staff has been trained in operations of new dispatch equipment.

Dispatchers will communicate with the buses through computer software instead of radios. The software itself will do the communicating.

Just to remind everyone that there are problems in life, the staff has seen a few mice this fall in the new building, which is located near the North Platte River, so they have adopted two kittens from the city animal shelter and named them “Public” and “Transit.”

First published Oct. 24 in the Bulletin's print edition.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/8/2012
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