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Highway 30 work catching up after delays


Don Ogle / Sun-Telegraph Editor

Crews from Simon Construction work on preparing areas of Illinois St. for new foundation material. Work is slightly behind, as contractors have found more damage to the street's foundation than originally estimated.

The Highway 30 reconstruction project has been facing delays in Sidney.

Crews have been cutting down into Illinois Street and finding more cracks in the concrete foundation than anticipated.

"The first activity is that we need to repair the base of the road, which is concrete," Sayed Torak, Nebraska Departments of Roads highway project manager, said. "Some of the areas, this is difficult to identify at an early stage. When we open that area and we see there are more loose materials we need to repair, we're not missing those."

At Tuesday's bi-weekly meeting held at Sidney City Hall, Torak explained crews are catching up.

"Right now they are two days behind their schedule," he said. "They're trying to do it. And there are many other options they will put in place."

Crews have been using the time to do sidewalk repair, as well.

Weather has also been a factor.

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