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Ft. Sidney Road to open in Nov.


Courtney Fletcher

Construction continues on the Fort Sidney Road Bridge, with girders set to be placed next week.

A section of Fort Sidney Road closed since June for the reconstruction of a bridge will likely reopen in mid-November.

Ben Dayton, City of Sidney zoning administrator, said the closure will last about a month longer than initially expected.

The road is currently closed between Pole Creek Crossing – formerly Toledo Street – and Virginia Lane.

The Fort Sidney Road bridge was initially scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt before the nearby new Pole Creek Crossing bridge was constructed.

"It's running a little late," Dayton said. "We originally planned to do the Fort Sidney Bridge first, but we ran into problem with the utilities."

Delays in the relocation of fiber optic lines that were located in the area led contractors to reverse the planned order of bridge construction and begin work on the Pole Creek Crossing bridge first.

Dayton said concrete was poured on that bridge deck last week.

In the coming days, overhead power lines near the Fort Sidney Road bridge will be moved and next week, girders will be installed.

"Everything is smooth, now," Dayton said.

While Fort Sidney Road will likely reopen in November, the entire project won't be completed until the spring, when an intersection between Pole Creek Crossing and Fort Sidney Road is constructed.


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