Hawkins Construction continued the work on Highway 75 to accommodate the growing amount of traffic between Plattsmouth and Bellevue, this time from the Platte River Bridge north to the Fairview Road interchange. The $38 million contract included 220,000 square yards of paving, 2 interchanges, 3 bridges, 3140 cubic yards of reinforced concrete box culverts, 1.2 million cubic yards of excavation, and 1+ mile of culvert and sewer pipe. All surfacing removals were recycled and used as foundation course for the new pavement.
Weather and tight access were major factors in completing this work. These obstacles were overcome with a dedicated workforce, advanced planning, and working closely with NDOT, allowing the project to be opened for traffic 5 months ahead of schedule. Time savings on the project was largely due to phasing changes initiated by Hawkins and approved by NDOT, which allowed additional work to be completed ahead of the original phasing schedules for both bridge and paving work. Certain phase changes eliminated originally anticipated temporary surfacing, resulting in both time and cost savings.
Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT)