Monday, June 18, 2018
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48-year-old bridge to be replaced

PROCEED WITH CARE: Local pilot Robert Mann snapped this aerial photo of bridge construction on the Interstate 80 overpass Sunday evening from the window of the French Beryl airplane he built.

All of the southbound lane was supposed to have been removed Friday night but work was delayed because of reports of bad weather, according to Paulsen Inc. manager Dave Neill. The rest of the bridge was taken off Monday night. The Nebraska Department of Roads is widening the overpass to accommodate agricultural equipment or other wide loads. Once the southbound lane is replaced, workers will replace the northbound lane. The $2.2 million project is expected to be finished by next summer. The Grand Island to North Platte portion of I-80 was finished in 1966. Interestingly, Nebraska was the first state to complete its portion of I-80 through the state.