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Ground breakingDignitaries from all levels of government, including North Bend mayor Jeff Kluthe, ceremonially break ground on the four-lane expressway east of Schuyler.

Ground broken on Hwy. 30 expressway

by Nathan Arneal
Published 11/2/16

You can see the evidence all along the road between North Bend and Schuyler.
Culverts are being put in. Flags are marking boundaries that for now only exist in blueprints. Bridges are being constructed.

Yes, it appears it’s actually going to happen. After decades of anticipation and aggravation, the four-lane Highway 30 expressway is about to become a reality.

Last Tuesday dignitaries from all levels of government partook in the official ground breaking of the project. The event was organized by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and held where the current four-lane highway ends east of Schuyler.

Among those turning a golden shovel was North Bend mayor Jeff Kluthe. He said North Bend is ready to see the expressway built.

“It’s very exciting,” Kluthe said. “This is something that needed to be done many years ago. There’s way too much traffic. This will help the economy. It’ll help the truckers. As you can see there’s tons of them going by as we’re standing here. It’s great. We needed it.”

Construction of the project will be completed in two phases:
Schuyler to Rogers, and Rogers to Fremont. The contractor began work on the Schuyler-to-Rogers phase October 3 with work on box culverts and grading continuing this fall. The new westbound lanes will be built in 2017, with the rebuilding of the eastbound lanes to follow in 2018. The first phase is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer of 2019. Work on the second phase from Rogers around North Bend to Fremont will begin in the spring of 2018, with anticipated completion in the fall of 2020.


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