Work to Begin on N-12 Near Naper
Monday, 06 April 2015 13:41
Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of April 13 on N-12, beginning at the west edge of Butte and extending 21.4 miles to the Boyd-Keya Paha county line 8 miles west of Naper, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Knife River Corporation DBA Knife River Midwest of Sioux City, Iowa, has the $3,544,320 contract for milling and four-inch asphaltic concrete overlay east of Naper and the $1,014,278 contract for milling and two-inch asphaltic concrete overlay west of Naper. In addition to asphalt work, guardrail will be replaced.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with the use of flaggers and a pilot car.
The load width will be restricted to 11 feet during construction of the project. The asphalt portion of the work is anticipated to be completed early in July.
The Department of Roads' project engineer is H. Gene Colfack of O'Neill. Motorists are urged to use caution while driving through highway work zones and to remember that speeding fines are doubled when workers are present.
Firefighters contain Saturday morning fire north of Johnstown to 1 hay bale
Monday, 06 April 2015 10:03
A Saturday morning fire in a hay bale north of Johnstown during extreme fire danger conditions prompted the response of the Ainsworth and Johnstown Volunteer Fire departments.
At just after 10 a.m. Saturday, a hay bale was reported on fire three miles north of Johnstown near Norden Avenue on property owned by the Klammer Brothers.
Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala said exhaust from a vehicle ignited a hay bale that was being loaded onto a truck.
Fiala said the Johnstown firefighters had the fire contained to the hay bale by the time Ainsworth firefighters arrived on scene. He said the Ainsworth department assisted in unrolling the bale and extinguishing the flames.
The loss was contained to the one hay bale, which was owned by Royce Greder. Fiala said firefighters were on scene for about 45 minutes Saturday.
Winds gusted to more than 25 mph Saturday and the National Weather Service placed the area in a fire weather warning. Fiala said he was relieved the departments were able to keep the fire from spreading.
The entire KBR area remains under a burn ban until conditions improve. Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday.