Commissioners reverse decision, re-open East Overland entrance

The Scotts Bluff County Commissioners Monday reversed field and voted to re-open East Overland from 21st Avenue to Highway 26 Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

The commissioners had decided two weeks ago at the company's request to close the stretch in front of the Western Sugar factory until November 1st for safety reasons during the busiest time of the harvest and to allow the moving of pulp from the sugar factory to the north side of the road.

But faced with a room full of East Overland merchants who said the closure made it very difficult for people to access their street, the commissioners admitted they had "made a mistake" and re-opened the road. Commissioners Ken Meyer and Steve Stratton agreed with the merchants that the safety issue with the pulp was the company's responsibility to solve not theirs.

Meyer said by closing the East Overland stretch, the safety issue had moved to the area near the intersection of 21st Avenue and Highway 26, where he personally had seen a number of near accidents.

Twin City Auto owner Mike Valentine suggested a sealed portal across the street that could carry the pulp across the road yet also be cosmetically appealing and welcome motorists to East Overland.

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