Madison County in Nebraska looks to renovate more than a dozen defective bridges

Nebraska has $5 million to use on its roads, Madison County wants a portion

MADISON COUNTY, NEB. - Madison County in Nebraska is looking to update nearly 30 bridges. Most of the bridges the county is concerned about are 50 to 60 years old and the county commissioner says they want to get a jump on any possible problems.
 
Nebraska passed Legislative Bill 960 which will allow $5 million towards road reconstruction projects within the state. 
 
Now Madison County will apply to get a portion of those funds because the county expects that renovations to those 30 some odd bridges will cost nearly $30,000.  
 
Ron Schmidt, the county commissioner, says the old bridges haven't caused any issues but doesn't want to wait around to see any accidents on the weak bridges. 
 
"Trying to be on the front end of it you know? We have had a couple of implements go across bridges and they have given way. It's not been a serious problem, but it has happened. And we want to get ahead of it so if it gives way at the wrong time it could be a serious," says Schmidt.
 
Madison County will have to wait to see if they'll be approved for a portion of the state's $5 million dollars, but Ron Schmidt says the county plans on trying to work with other county's in Nebraska to team up and tackle its road issues together such as purchasing material needed for the projects to possibly help lower the total costs for the state.
 
 

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