GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - In Grand Island, Engleman Road is now closed near Highway 2 as the next phase of the Northwest GI Flood Control project continues.
The project will be creating a new concrete box culvert and replacing the existing bridge. It should reopen at the end of winter.
“We're anticipating the middle of February,” Highway Superintendent Steve Riehle said. “We're hopeful winter is kind to us and we are able to get traffic pushed over to the new box culvert and put on a crush aggregate surfacing to finish up the rest of the winter.”
This is one of the last projects for the $28 million flood project.
“That overall flood control project for Northwest grand Island is going to remove portions of Hall County, Merrick County, and portions of the city of Grand Island from the flood plain and provide flood protection for those properties,” Riehle said.
This project will take 1500 homes and businesses out of the floodplain as well as 10,000 acres of farmland. FEMA is also set to remap the floodplain next year to remove those houses from needing flood insurance.