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Cable to be moved at Birdwood overpass Tell North Platte what you think
Photo by George Lauby
Stalled Birdwood overpass construction. Looking south across the tracks from the top of the north side, June 11.
Photo by B.C. Ministry of Transportation
A failed MSE wall in British Columbia, 2011
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MSE Wall diagram

Work on the stalled Birdwood overpass on the west end of Bailey Yard should get underway again as soon as a fiber optic cable is moved a couple feet, County Roads Supervisor Jerry Hitchcock said Monday.

Work on the overpass stalled this summer because of a problem with the subgrade soil on the south side of the $8.5 million overpass. The soil is not sufficient to stand the stress required to support a MSE (mechanically stablized earthen) wall, Hitchcock has said.

MSE walls will support the abutments of the overpass near the railroad tracks.

Hitchcock said Monday that in the process of preparing to strengthen the subgrade, officials found it would be better to move a Sprint fibe optic cable two feet north. He said the work is a "reimbursable" cost and won't be overly expensive for the county.  

Hitchcock made the comments Monday morning, speaking to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

He said work to move the cable should begin soon, and "this is all we're waiting for," before work continues on the larger project.  

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/14/2014
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