FREMONT – April set record lows for temperatures, but with warmer weather now comes the perennial sign of spring in Nebraska: construction.
Concrete work on Park Street, which started last fall, is again underway. Sawyer Construction, the contractor for the work hopes that the entire downtown scope will be complete before John C Fremont Days. The work on Park Street will consist of replacing sidewalks and portions of curbs, installing decorative lighting, milling off some of the old asphalt and overlaying new asphalt. The sidewalk in front of the courthouse will be moved back to allow for angled parking, as opposed to the current parallel parking.
Also underway, is a new 6-inch natural gas pipeline that is being installed to serve Gallery 23 East, just east of the Highway 275 and 23rd Street interchange. Currently, the plastic pipe is laid above the ground so the individual pieces can be fused (melted) together before being buried underground. The line to serve the new subdivision starts at the natural gas pressure station at the roundabout on the corner of 16th Street and Johnson Road.
Finally, a transmission line west of Feltecon County Road S is getting rebuilt after last June’s wind storm toppled nearly one mile of 69,000-volt transmission line west of. The former wood poles are being replaced with steel. Al Kaspar, DU Electrical Engineer said a steel pole “could withstand almost twice the wind loading of a wood pole,” which lead the city to choose steel over wood for the reconstruciton.
New wire will also be installed: aluminum conductor and steel reinforced (ACSR) T2 wire will be used. T2 wire is two smaller diameter ACSR conductors loosely twisted together to replace a single larger wire. T2 wire prevents the wire from galloping under icing and windy conditions. The damage caused by the wind storm (estimated at $1 million) qualified for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement. Non-betterment costs to rebuild the line will be covered by FEMA.