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Newly reconstructed Mormon Canal Bridge set to open soon

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Mormon Canal Bridge

NIOBRARA, Nebraska (KTIV) - The newly reconstructed Mormon Canal Bridge at Niobrara is scheduled to open up soon.

After the Spencer Dam broke during the 2019 floods, large amounts of water surged down river and ultimately swept away the Mormon Canal Bridge, which connects Niobrara State Park with all areas east.

In August of 2019 a temporary, single-lane bridge was built until to connect the area.

Nebraska Department of Transportation Project Manager, Keith Koertje says they are working on the final touches.

For the next week, contractors are putting the finishing touches on the West end of the bridge, and grooving the deck.

Next week, they will be pouring concrete on the guard rail alongside the bridge.

The 1,200-foot long bridge is the link to Niobrara State Park and all points west. Koertje says it was a busy bridge.

"It was quite undertaking, it's a pretty remarkable structure we built here and I think the community and the people in this area really appreciate what NDOT is doing for them," said Keith Koertje, Project Manager.

Koertje says the bridge is set to reopen on Sept. 1. He says Niobrara is planning an event to celebrate.

Xava Parra

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