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City of Grand Island starts construction on Old Potash Highway again

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 10:33 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Construction season is in full effect in Grand Island. The city has been working on Old Potash Highway since last year, but had to stop due to the winter weather. As of Monday morning, they’re back up and running and ready to continue on this massive project.

“The next phase we’re moving into they’re going to continue off where they left last fall by the Post Office and continue to the east,” Project Engineer Tim Golka said. “We’re going to close down Claude Road and work on the roundabout on Claude Road and work on the main paving between the Post Office and Claude Road.”

The city will be building concrete roadways with better drainage, installing sidewalks and upgrading street lights and power lines among so much more being done in that area.

All of the businesses on that stretch of road will still be accessible, but there are alternative routes that have to be taken.

Gary Starkey of Gary’s Quality Automotive on Old Potash Highway said he’s concerned about the effects this construction may have on his business, but he understands the need to get it done.

“Absolutely I’m concerned, as would be any other business owner but we have to do it,” he told Local4 News. “It’s got to be done.”

While it’s definitely an inconvenience, customers can still access his shop using Claude Road off Highway 30.

“I’m in support of it. It’s got to be done,” Starkey said. “The traffic on this road is very heavy.”

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