OMAHA — Today, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced
the reopening West Dodge Road (L-28B) at 228th Street west of the Elkhorn River, much to the relief and joy of many in the greater Fremont area who rely on this route for commuting to Omaha on a daily basis.
The March flooding caused serious damage to two miles of the highly traveled four-lane highway, in the same event that left Fremont an “island” for days. Hawkins Construction and the NDOT partnered to expedite reconstruction and open this important roadway three weeks ahead of schedule.
The 3.4-mile closure will finally reopen after sixty six days today: Monday, May 20, according to NDOT District Two Engineer, Tim Weander. “It should be open by the late afternoon.”
Hawkins Construction Company is the contractor on this project. By the numbers:
Date of Contract – 3/26/2019
Total Days Closed – 66 Days
Cost of Repairs – $2.2 Million
This section of road and shoulder had to undergo reconstruction due to pavement and embankment damage. The pavement was undermined by water, causing segments of roadway to drop up to three feet in places.
Repairs to the roadway were completed three weeks ahead of schedule. The NDOT thanks all involved for their partnership, effort, and dedication on completing repairs in an expedited time period.