Work began this week at the Jct. of E. US Hwy. 20 and S. US Hwy. 281 in O’Neill. Traffic will be maintained with lane closures until late October.

The 4.5 million dollar project is divided into a four phase construction plan.

The first part of the construction will take place at the corner of 4th street with the curb being reconstructed. The O'Neill Blarney Stone was moved on Friday, April 30 back from its footings by six or seven feet and the stop light pole will be moved as well. The traffic light for North and South traffic has been altered with south bound traffic being directed by a portable light on the north side of 4th street. The department of roads is building a traffic lane for the diversion as you come into O'Neill and then the East side of 4th street will be under going construction with some of the sidewalks being altered and new paving. While this is going on traffic will be diverted to the Westside of 4th Street with a North and South bound lane being maintained. This part of the project should last until about August when the process will change and be reversed when the West side will be closed for construction and traffic will be maintained on the East side of 4th street. There will be no parking allowed on South 4th until the end of the project in late Oct. of this year.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has worked to develop this project to minimize inconvenience and hardships. They are dedicated to improving Nebraska’s highway system. The improvements being made include reconstructing pavement, shoulders and curb and gutter, new sidewalk and curb ramps, storm sever improvements and removing and replacing street lighting, traffic signals and railroad crossing signals at mile marker 183.05. The anticipated completion is the fall of 2021

BX Civil & Construction Inc. from Dell Rapids, SD was awarded the $4.5 million contract. Prouty Construction of O'Neill is also part of the project.

The project is a 80/20 split of federal and state funds.

Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in and near work zones, to buckle up and to put phones down.

Dan Ziska is the NDOT project manager.


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