Photo by Joe Chitwood
Looking north on Lincoln St. toward the tracks. The Bar is on the left.
Construction began the first week of July on a new pedestrian rail overpass in Hershey.It is the third step in the major Hershey road project that began with construction of an overpass and a roundabout at the main intersection in the village.
Nebraska Department of Roads District 6 Engineer Gary Thayer said construction began a little later than hoped, due to a conflict witha Black Hills Energy gas line. But that has been resolved and Thayer hopes the walkway will be complete late this fall.
A support structure will be built on both sides of the tracks, Thayer said, and then the bridge deck will be installed. The deck is premade steel. It will span the railroad tracks in entirety.
Paulson is the general contractor of the pedestrian overpass. A.M. Cohron of Columbus is doing the construction.
Thayer is happy with the Cohron’s work.
“The majority of their work is in bridge building,” he said. “They are the company that put up the overpass viaduct here. And right now, they have started putting up the forms for the south walkway structure.”
When the overpass is finished, Lincoln St. (main street) will be refinished from the school to U.S. Highway 30, except for the former rail crossing, which is now closed.
“We are basically going to do a ‘mill and fill’ resurfacing and then the state will relinquish the street to the village, as was agreed upon,” Thayer said. “It will no longer be part of the state highway system.”
Thayer said he hasn’t received many complaints about the roundabout, a rarity in central and western Nebraska.
“There have been a few farmers with implements that have had a tough time negotiating it,” he said, “but other than that, I think it, along with the overpass, has been very positively received.”