2019 proposed improvements to U.S. Highway 75

Nebraska Department of Transportation is proposing an improvement project for Highway 75 starting north of Herman and ending north of Blair. An informational open house set for March 7 in Herman was postponed due to inclement weather. The department plans to reschedule the event, but no date had been determined by Friday’s press deadline.

In addition to a number of area schools, last Thursday’s snow also closed an open house in Herman.

But instead of a social visit, the event was to be all business.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation cancelled the open house set for 5-7 p.m. at Herman Legion Hall. A department spokesman said the meeting will be rescheduled but no date had been set by Friday’s press deadline.

The open house is an informational session on the proposed project on Highway 75. The project calls for the repair, mill and overlay of the existing highway pavement. Three bridges along the route also will receive attention, two of them—one in Herman and the one just south of the village spanning New York Creek—are slated to be replaced.

The 9.84-mile project area runs from about a quarter-mile south of the northern corporate limits of Blair and runs to about a quarter-mile north of the northern corporate limits of Herman.

Construction, which is expected to take about 15 months, could start as early as the fall of 2020.

The construction work would be done under traffic with lane closures controlled by appropriate devices. For example, temporary traffic signals will be used for the bridge work. Additionally, construction of the bridge in Herman will be phased to allow through traffic to continue during construction. The work will require shutting off highway access at County Road 25 south of the bridge, and 2nd St. to the north, as well as from the alley north of 2nd. The streets could be closed for eight months during the 2021 construction season. Local traffic will be detoured using alternate routes, including Herman School Road, 3rd St. and West St. in Herman.

The pedestrian bridge near the school will remain in place and undisturbed. It will be open at all times during construction of the proposed new highway bridge.

The project, number 21704, currently is in the design phase. The open house is intended to collect public input.

A formal presentation is not part of the session. The open house format makes it possible for area residents to come at any time, learn about the project and speak one-on-one with project personnel.

The public is encouraged to make suggestions or express concerns about the project. Personnel from NDOT will be present to answer questions and receive comments.

The DOT will take comments on the project through April 7, 2019. Written comments or requests should be submitted to Sarah Soula, Public Involvement Manager, Nebraska Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 94759, Lincoln, NE 68509-4759.

Information regarding the proposed project is available on the NDOT website at: www.dot.nebraska.gov/projects/future-projects/ by clicking on the “Blair-Herman” link.