The heavy rains throughout the week have taken a toll on many roads in Jefferson County, causing some roads and bridges to be closed due to safety concerns.
One bridge in particular near Reynolds, on 562 Avenue south of Highway 8, was closed after extensive damage was discovered. Terry Blas, Jefferson County Highway Supervisor, explained the situation to the commissioners on Tuesday morning, and how they are planning to repair it.
“I think we can fix it without being a problem,” said Blas. “It just has to dry out a little bit before we can work on it. It’s a bridge over Rose Creek. We need to dig it out and drive sheet piling behind the bridge. We’ll drive them in the ground quite a way so that it fixes the problem.”
The Jefferson County Highway Department has been putting in extra hours to repair roads damaged by the heavy rains. Commissioner Mark Schoenrock thanked the highway department for all of their hard work in keeping up with the demand. He recognized them for working on the roads over the weekend, especially along Crystal Springs Road, which is serving as an unofficial detour as the Nebraska Department of Roads renovates a viaduct on Highway 136.
“These guys have been putting in a lot of hard work and extra effort to keep the roads maintained,” Schoenrock said. “They’ve been going out late, working on weekends, anything necessary to keep these roads in good condition.”
Highway Supervisor Jason Eyer stated that they are working to maintain the roads every chance they get.
“We’ve got several roads that are goofed up right now because of how wet everything is,” said Eyer. “We’re trying to stay on top of getting them all fixed up. We’ll get everything squared away again when it dries out a bit.”