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Temporary bridge over Mormon Canal could open over weekend

NIOBRARA, Nebraska (KTIV) –  A temporary bridge over the Mormon Canal, in Niobrara, Nebraska, could open as soon as this weekend.

The former bridge was destroyed by flooding in March after an upstream dam collapsed.

It is part of a $44-million contract that would eventually pay for construction of a permanent bridge that could be completed next year.

Two bridges were damaged when the Spencer Dam burst in mid-March.

A new bridge will be a big relief for Niobrara residents, who have have been using a one-hour detour to reach Niobrara State Park and other areas across the river.

In July crews were still working on putting pavement on the temporary bridge over the Mormon Canal.

Nebraska Department of Transportation engineers say they hope to open the temporary bridge this weekend.

But, an exact day and time is not set as workers are making sure the temporary, one-lane bridge is ready for traffic.

Libbie Randall

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