Old Potash opens one year ahead of schedule

Old Potash reopens with ribbon-cutting ceremony
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 8:34 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - City of Grand Island officials and contractors celebrated the reopening of Old Potash highway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. Mayor Roger Steele attended the celebratory event and had a few words to say to those who helped complete the project in a timely manner.

Steele applauded the workers on all of their hard work and determination throughout the course of the construction.

“It feels great to have this road open,” he said. “And congratulations for all the people who helped get this road completed in unprecedented time.”

Steele said Old Potash was completed roughly one year ahead of schedule. He added, the road opening back up with new and improved features was not only impactful at the time, but it was also symbolic for what the city had planned in the years to come.

“This road represents the future of Grand Island because, at City Hall, we’re planning for growth decades into the future, we know Grand Island will continue to grow and prosper and we want to make sure Grand Island is ready for that growth,” he noted. “This road just symbolizes our dedication to improving Grand Island, improving its infrastructure.”

The $15.5-million project included the widening of Old Potash from North to Webb Road and construction of a new segment of Claude Road. In addition to the expansion of major roadways, the project also brought in several roundabouts.

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