Highway 61 work delayed to mid-July
Roadwork on Highway 61 was supposed to start in early June.
Nebraska Department of Transportation (DOT) Maintenance Superintendent Kerry Scott said work has been delayed since all the districts share the same milling contractor.
“They’re a little off schedule and haven’t been able to make it to our district yet,” Scott said.
The milling contractor told Scott they will for sure be starting on July 16.
“We’re ready to go and planning on that date,” Scott said.
The milling and asphalt patching project will be from mile marker 41, which is on the Miracle Mile at the Napa location in Imperial, and will continue north for eight miles to mile marker 49.
One-lane traffic will occur with the use of a pilot vehicle and flaggers.
Nebraska DOT is required to send out press releases about expected work two weeks prior to starting the work.
“That makes us look kind of foolish to communicate with the traveling public since things can change in that amount of time,” Scott said.
Another press release was sent out saying they would start on July 2, “but we were delayed again.”
Motorists should expect to see delays and are reminded to drive cautiously through highway work zones.