A big piece of the flood-damage transportation puzzle is on the verge of being solved. The Nebraska Department of Transportation has announced the reopening of West Dodge Road at 228th Street west of the Elkhorn River.
The March 2019 flooding caused significant damage to a portion of the highly traveled four-lane highway just outside the Omaha Metropolitan Area. Hawkins Construction and the NDOT partnered to expedite reconstruction and open the roadway three weeks ahead of schedule.
The NDOT is scheduled to open the 3.4-mile closure late afternoon Monday, May 20, according to NDOT District Two Engineer, Tim Weander. This section of West Dodge carries an annual daily traffic count of 25,000 and has been closed to through traffic since March 15, 2019.
Hawkins Construction Company is the contractor on this project.
Date of Contract – 3/26/2019
Total Days Closed – 66 Days
Cost of Repairs – $2.2 Million
Nature of Repairs – Road and shoulder reconstruction due to pavement and embankment damage. Pavement was undermined causing segments of roadway to drop three feet in places.
Repairs to the roadway were completed three weeks ahead of schedule.