The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will hold a public information open house meeting regarding proposed improvements to the bridge over Minnechaduza Creek on Nebraska Highway 12 near the Ft Niobrara turn off east of Valentine.

The meeting will be held at Mid-PlainsCommunity College – Valentine Campus, on Thursday, March 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The meeting will be an open-house format. There will be no formal presentation. Construction may begin and/or end approximately 1,000 feet ahead of or beyond the actual project limits to accommodate bridge work.

The need for this project is based on the current condition of the bridge. The work on this proposed project would include removing the existing bridge and reconstructing a new single-span 175-foot by 36-foot bridge on the existing alignment. Additional work would include new guardrail as well as new curb and flume.

This project will require the acquisition of temporary easements (TE). If your property is impacted by this project, you will be contacted by a representative once the design footprint has been established. Access to adjacent properties would be maintained during construction but may be limited at times due to phasing requirements.

Construction of this proposed project could begin as early as summer 2024 and be completed by fall of 2025. The bridge would be closed during construction; a detour would be required. The designated detour would utilize N-12, Whitetail Road, Nolett Road, 906th Road, and U.S. Highway 83 (US-83) and is anticipated to be in use between Labor Day of 2024 and Memorial Day of 2025.