NDOT's Plans for Road Repair Following Flooding

by Will Bauer, NET News

April 4, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

The Federal Highway Administration issued a $25 million emergency-relief fund to Nebraska for repair efforts Thursday.

Moe Jamshidi, deputy director of operations for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, said the relief fund will help the department finance their projects sooner.

NDOT estimated there are 100 sites that will need heavy repairs. Jamshidi said some roads are ready to be opened, while others are missing vast amounts of pavement.

“So, there’s really not a one answer for all segment type thing," Jamshidi said. "Our goal is to assess and create a plan for those that can be safely opened and open them up as fast as possible. And then, get in to action on how fast we can replace others.”

Jamshidi said some sections of low-level roads will be ready to go in two or three weeks. In places where the pavement is totally gone, like West Dodge Road in Omaha, the repairs could last until this summer. Places where bridges were washed out, like on the Niobrara, may not be repaired until spring or summer of 2020.

NDOT is holding an open house Friday morning at Northeast Community College in Norfolk from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CT in order to update the public and take questions regarding road conditions.