After being closed to traffic two months ago, the stretch of Grant Street leading to Second Street in Beatrice is nearing completion.

During a monthly department update at Wednesday’s Beatrice Board of Public Works meeting, City Engineer James Burroughs told the board that the city is hoping to have Grant Street going through the middle of Second Street open again by the middle of next week.

“Second Street, from Grant to Ella portion, all the concrete is poured, the bike path is poured and the sidewalk is poured,” Burroughs said. “So, we are looking at doing final grading the rest of the week.”

The reopening is dependent on the concrete break tests, which will be conducted in coming days. If they come back strong, Burroughs said, they’re looking at opening it up next week.

Construction on the portion of Second Street in front of the Gage County Historical Society Museum began on Aug. 7. The street has been removed and work continues.

Instead of completing construction in a two-phase process, Burroughs said, all of the improvements will be done at once, which could cut down the timeline for completion from an original estimate of mid-November to some point in mid-October.

Lottman Carpenter Construction from Diller has been working on the length of Second Street from Grant to Ella streets since July 1 and, Burroughs said, the construction team deserves credit for their work.

“They did a really good job,” he said. “They told us when they were going to start, they started on that date, they told us what they were going to do and they did that work.”

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