27th Street project wins award

The recently completed improvement project on 27th Street in Scottsbluff was selected as an award-winning project at the 57th annual Nebraska Asphalt Paving Conference in Kearney. Finalists from across the state competed for the award.

The $1.4 million dollar project enhanced the 27th Street corridor, one of Scottsbluff's busiest streets, from Highway 26 to Avenue I. The improvements included curb
and gutter enhancements, sidewalks, ADA ramps at intersections, new street surfacing and pavement markings. Eighty percent of the project was paid for with federal funds under the Federal Aid Surface Transportation Program (STP).

The project won the award by integrating a non-woven pavement overlay fabric into the design. Inclusion of the fabric system significantly improves the performance and durability of the asphalt overlay, reducing maintenance costs and extending the useful life of the roadway surface. The savings are achieved by improving the waterproofing capabilities and stress absorbtion capabilities of the pavement surface.

In accordance with federal requirements, the 27th Street project was phased to minimize disruption to the traveling public. To accomplish this, the project was completed in phases including night time work, lane restrictions, and traffic planning.

Accepting the award on behalf of the project were Maryanne Jacobs with the Nebraska Department of Roads, Scottsbluff Public Works Director Mark Bohl, Don Dye, Doug Gompert and Adam Vath with M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc., and Rod Bales, Doug Lofing and Armando Aguilera with Simon Contractors.

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