The Beatrice City Council re-approved the city’s one and six-year road plan for the second time on Monday night.
No changes were made to the road plan for the re-approval, but the first public hearing hadn't been publicly announced in time for the council’s Feb. 5 meeting, so a second hearing was planned for Feb. 19.
No members of the public spoke on the road plan and no city council members had further questions, as the plan had been discussed two weeks previously.
“No changes have been made,” City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said. “As we talked about last council meeting, the street projects haven't changed.”
The plan lays out a road map for upcoming street projects over the next few years. While the first two years outlined in the plan are pretty good indicators of where the city plans to go with construction, the following four years have some room to adjust what could be on the schedule in the future.
In 2018, the city has two concrete reconstruction projects scheduled for the summer, one on Bell Street from 10th to 12th streets, and the other is on Summit Street from Seventh to Ninth streets. It's estimated that both projects will cost a little over $300,000.
There are also mill and overlay projects scheduled on the truck route on Ella Street from Third to Sixth streets, and an asphalt project on the west side of Beatrice in a redevelopment project that will be paid for using Tax Increment Financing.
Highway 77 will be the big project for 2018, stretching from Industrial Row and running all the way to Pickrell. The city’s responsibility stops at the corner of Hickory Road, and all of the construction will be performed by the state. The construction on Highway 77 is designed, bid out and managed by the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and the city will pay the bill for the work performed.
“I think the Bell Street and Summit Street are about 90 percent complete and we're about to go out to bid here shortly,” Tempelmeyer said. “We've got bids on the mill and overlay project which you guys approved here the last council meeting, so that's taken care of. Other than that, there have been no changes to the proposed one and six-year plan.”
The road plan was approved by the council unanimously for the second time.