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Transportation crews continue to work on repairing part of Northeast Nebraska highway

Initially, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said Highway 35 was closed to replace a box culvert, and to repair an embankment failure.

NEAR HUBBARD, Neb. (KTIV) -- Since September, transportation crews have been working to repair part of a Northeast Nebraska highway.

Nebraska 511 indicates Highway 35 is closed, three miles southwest of Hubbard, Nebraska, both ways.

Drivers must take a detour on Highways 9 and 20 to avoid the area.

Initially, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said the highway was closed to replace a box culvert, and to repair an embankment failure.

Work began in September and repairs were only expected to take one month.

But three months later, and crews are still on the scene.

"When we first began construction we ran into a saturated layer of soil, which caused a stability issue which made the, actually broke off the end of the box culvert so what we had to do was go ahead and close the road for safety reasons," said Kevin Domogalla, Nebraska DOT.

The new estimated completion date is late December.

Earlier, Patrick Boyle with Nebraska DOT says about 4,000 cars a day travel on that stretch of the highway.

Xava Parra

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