Road construction and road closures

By: KLKN Newsroom

Press Releases: Weather permitting, a chip seal project will begin the week of July 13 on N-8, according

to the Nebraska Department of Roads.  Chip seal is an application of an asphalt binder to a roadway surface followed by an aggregate.

State maintenance forces will be doing a chip seal from Reference Post 38 to Reference Post 51 starting one mile west of Reynolds going east to the N-15/N-8 junction.  The work is anticipated to take four days.  One-lane traffic will occur with the use of a pilot vehicle and flaggers.  Motorists should expect to see delays and are reminded to drive cautiously through highway work zones.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of July 13 on the I-80 and
US-281/34 interchange (Exit 312) near Grand Island, according to the Nebraska Department of  Roads.

The Diamond Engineering Company of Grand Island, Nebraska, has the $1,338,267 
contract.  Work will include concrete repair, diamond grinding the pavement to improve smoothness,  and replacing pavement marking on all ramps and loops of the interchange, as well as the northbound and southbound lanes of US-281/34.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of US-281/34 will be reduced to one lane during the  project.  Each ramp and loop will be closed while under construction.  During closures, traffic will be detoured to an adjacent exit on I-80.  Only one ramp will be closed at a time, and all work will be  finished on each ramp before moving on to the next ramp.

All work will be suspended and all lanes and ramps open to traffic during the weeks of the Nebraska State Fair and Husker Harvest Days, August 22 through September 18.  Completion of this project is anticipated in mid-November.

The Department of Roads’ manager for this highway improvement project is Ben Merchant of  Grand Island.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through the construction zones.