LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Transportation announced Hawkins Construction of Omaha has been awarded the contract to begin work on the Highway 281 Bridge over the Niobrara River south of Spencer.
The historic March flooding caused significant damage and washed out a segment of the highway just south of the bridge.
The Department has authorized the contractor to begin immediate work to install a single lane with a traffic signal to allow traffic to move through the construction zone temporarily while the bridge is being constructed.
The Department anticipates the temporary roadway to be in service by August 1st. The $25,470,887 contract covers the single lane temporary roadway and bridge as well as a permanent 1,050-foot bridge over the Niobrara River Channel.
Hawkins Construction will begin work at the site on May 28th but has already begun the process of mobilizing equipment and materials.
The Department estimates the permanent bridge to be open by November of 2020 with project completion anticipated to be in spring of 2021.