The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will hold a
public information open house regarding proposed improvements to U.S. Highway 281 (US-281) in Holt County. The meeting will be held at the O’Neill Public Library, 601 E. Douglas St., in O’Neill, on Dec. 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The proposed project would reconstruct approximately 0.50 miles of the existing pavement on US-281 beginning at approximately mile marker (MM) 182.81, 0.35 miles north of the bridge over the Elkhorn River, and extending north to MM 183.31, the junction of US-281 with U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 275.
Proposed improvements consist of reconstructing the concrete pavement, shoulders, curb and gutter.
These proposals will also potentially cause the city problems with snow clean ups as well as the loss of numerous parking spaces to South 4th Street in O'Neill.
The project would also construct new sidewalk and curb ramps, as well as remove and replace existing street lighting, traffic signals, and the railroad crossing signals at MM 183.05. Additional work would include storm sewer improvements.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin as early as spring 2021 and be completed by fall 2021.
The improvements on US-281 would be constructed under traffic with lane closures controlled by appropriate traffic control.
Personnel from NDOT will be present to answer questions and receive comments. Information regarding the proposed project will be made available on the NDOT website at www.dot.nebraska.gov/projects/future-projects/ by clicking on the “E Jct US-20 South In O’Neill” link.