The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) will hold a public information
open house regarding the replacement of the North Loup River Bridge on Nebraska
Highway 70 (N-70) northeast of the city of Ord, Valley County. The meeting will be
held at the VFW Hall, 246 S. 15th St., Ord, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Identified as Ord North; the proposed project would begin on N-70 at the
intersection of 14th Street in Ord and run half a mile east past the Haskell Creek
Road/Springdale Road intersection. Built in 1946, the existing bridge has exceeded
its life expectancy. The substructure and the deck are in poor condition.
A number of alternative alignments were considered. The preferred alternative
was determined because it would have less environmental impacts. This alternative is
to build a new bridge with a minor shift north (upstream) of the existing bridge. The
new bridge would require a grade raise of approximately two feet above the existing
bridge. Construction of the new bridge would require the use of temporary work
platforms placed in the river which may impede river recreation. Phasing of
construction would occur to minimize river impacts.
In Ord, the existing asphalt N-70 (G St.) would be replaced with a two-lane
concrete roadway with curb and gutter and new storm sewer. The county portion of
N-70 from the new bridge through the Haskell Creek Road/Springdale Road
intersection would be realigned and reconstructed with concrete. Access to the
Anderson Island canoe pull-out and park, southeast of the bridge, would be realigned
off Springdale Road. A portion of the existing N-70 roadway and the existing bridge
would be removed following the new construction.
The proposed project would require the purchase of approximately 1.4 acres of
permanent property rights. Temporary construction easements would also be required
for temporary roads and access during construction. Approximately an acre of
permanent wetland impacts are anticipated and would be mitigated.
Construction could begin as early as spring of 2016 and be complete as early as
fall of the following year. The proposed construction would be completed "under STPD‐70‐4(106)OrdNorth; CN41914
traffic" meaning without diverting N-70 traffic; however, one-lane signalized
construction zones may cause delays. Temporary roads may be used at different
phases throughout the construction to accommodate traffic. Local access will be
maintained during construction.
The public meeting is being held to provide information regarding the project,
currently in the design phase, and receive input. All interested persons are invited to
attend and present relevant comments and questions. Design information will be
displayed and personnel from NDOR will be present to answer questions and receive
comments. The information “open house” format allows the public to come, gather
pertinent information about the project, speak one-on-one with project personnel, and
leave as they wish.
NDOR will make every reasonable accommodation to provide an accessible
meeting facility for all persons. Appropriate provisions for the hearing and visually
challenged or persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will be made if the
Department is notified by April 12, 2013. Notification should be submitted to: Greg
Weinert, Public Hearings Officer, Nebraska Department of Roads, P.O. Box 94759,
Lincoln, NE 68509-4759; firstname.lastname@example.org; voice telephone (402) 479-
4871, TDD telephone (402) 479-3834, Fax (402) 479-3989.
Information regarding the proposed project will be available after the meeting
on the NDOR website at www.transportation.nebraska.gov/projects/ by clicking on
the “Ord North” link.For further information, contact Wes Wahlgren, NDOR District
Four Engineer, (308) 385-6265, email@example.com.