You might not want to bank on it yet, but after four years, the Lincoln county commissioners plan to accept bids June 24 for reconstruction of South River Road, which was destroyed by floodwater in May 2015.
South River Road runs west from North Platte alongside the South Platte River. In 2015, a flood ate away the bank. The road atop the bank caved in. A car plunged into the river and two teenagers died.
Reconstruction of the road has been bogged down by permits and lack of funding, county officials have said, forcing residents and businesses to make longer trips to get to North Platte and back.
County officials had firm plans a year ago to rebuild the road, but the agreement was never finalized because federal money was unavailable at the time, O’Dell has said.
A power line that once stood along the road was moved into a nearby pasture, in a temporary arrangement.
Now, the agreement for the temporary line expires July 1, Commissioner Bill Henry said, and the landowner has said he won’t renew it. So, the power line is now being moved back onto the original county road right-of-way, with plans to sink at least one deep footing in the river.
Workers from Watts Electric of Osceola and Lincoln started installing the power line on Monday morning.
The new road will be about 345 feet south of the original road and be 0.8 miles long, County Road Superintendent Carla O’Dell said, In response to a question from Henry, O’Dell said she expects no problems acquiring right-of-way for the new road.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is contributing about $ $290,000, which should cover at least 85% the projected costs, O’Dell has said.
Work to stabilize the damaged river bank will not be a part of this project, however, but County Board Chairman Joe Hewgley expects the commissioners to take steps to ensure the new road doesn’t erode, Hewgley told the Bulletin after the meeting.
A 53-page federal environmental assessment has been completed for the stretch of road, with attachments as well as related studies by consulting engineers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The five commissioners unanimously agreed that bids will be opened at 9:30 a.m. on June 24.