Highway 75 Road Work
The Nebraska Department of Roads is in the process of widening Highway 75 from the Platte River bridges south through Avenue B in Plattsmouth. About four miles of Highway 75 will be reconstructed to freeway and expressway standards, including a new interchange at Bay Road. An overview of the project can be found in an August 2011 news release from NDOR. Hawkins Construction Company is the contractor on this project. Find additional quick facts about the project here or visit the Nebraska Department of Roads page on the Highway 75 project from Bellevue to Plattsmouth.
In August, traffic was shifted onto new pavement from just south of the Platte River Bridge to Avenue B. Traffic for both northbound and southbound US-75 remains head-to-head from the Platte River to School Road. In November, all four lanes opened from near School Road to Avenue B/Oak Hill Road.
The new Platte River Bridge construction (northbound lanes) is well ahead of schedule. Work in the river channel — the work in the water — is suspended from February until August 1 because of environmental restrictions involving endangered species such as the piping plover, least tern, and pallid sturgeon.
La Platte Road Closed at Railroad Crossing
Eastbound and westbound La Platte Road was closed permanently at the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific railroad crossing on October 28. Access to Harlan Lewis Road from La Platte is via US-75 north to the new US-34 east. Please see the accompanying maps for more detail.
New Off Ramps Opened at Bay Road/Webster Boulevard
Traffic now uses the new Highway 75 off ramps to get onto Bay Road/Webster Boulevard. The temporary entry onto Highway 75 from Bay Road/Webster Boulevard utilizes a traffic signal. The signalized intersection serves both northbound and southbound traffic from Bay Road/Webster Boulevard onto Highway 75.
This alignment will be in effect until summer 2014. There will be one more temporary alignment before the project is essentially finished, which is likely to be in the construction season of 2014. That would be about a year ahead of schedule. As of mid-November, the project was 74% complete.