Mormon Canal Bridge Now Open Near Niobrara

NIOBRARA – Over the weekend the Nebraska Department of Transportation announced that the bridge across the Niobrara River is open to traffic.

According to a release from the NDOT Saturday, the bridge located west of Niobrara was closed since the March 2019 flood event which caused significant damage to the approach and girders of the bridge. This completely washed out the bridge over the Mormon Canal.

Reconstruction of Highway 12 was the most complex and expensive transportation flood recovery project in the state.  On June 5, NDOT awarded a $44,170,911 contract to Hawkins Construction to begin immediate work to repair the Niobrara River Bridge and install a 24-foot wide, single lane temporary bridge to provide access over the Mormon Canal, while a new permanent bridge is being built.

The Department also worked closely with Alfred Benesch & Company to expedite the design of the reconstruction and set an aggressive schedule to have the temporary roadway in service by August 15, 2019.

Prior reconstruction efforts in the area included repair work to damaged sections of Highway 12 east of Niobrara where K. Porter Construction was able to rebuild approximately one-fourth of a mile of pavement in just 24 days.

NDOT thanks the community and all involved in the reconstruction for their patience, partnership, effort and dedication on completing repairs in an expedited time-period.

In honor of Highway 12 reopening, NDOT will be hosting a celebratory community event on Tuesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. to mark the accomplishment.  The location of the ceremony will be on the west end of the Mormon Canal Bridge just east of where the temporary road diverges to the bridge.  Parking is very limited at the event site and shuttle ride service is available for attendees at the old NDOT Niobrara Maintenance yard at the northeast corner of the junction of Highways 12 and 14.

Subcontractors included United Contractors, Inc., of Johnston, Iowa, temporary bridge installation; Ames Construction Inc., of Burnsville, Minnesota, grading contractor; Contractor Services, Inc., of North Platte, Nebraska, traffic control; D-K Contracting Corporation, of Beatrice, Nebraska, concrete pavement patching; Gross Seed Company, of Johnstown, Nebraska, erosion control and seeding; Iron Works, Inc. of Nebraska City, Nebraska, reinforcing steel installation; JMN Construction, LLC, of Valley, Nebraska, bridge repair; Longfellow Foundations, Inc., of Hutchinson, Kansas, installation of shaft foundations and Midwest Fence Company – Guardrail Systems, of Ralston, Nebraska, guardrail.