Roads Department officials: Red Cloud bricks falling apart

The Nebraska Department of Roads is looking to replace
downtown Red Cloud's brick streets with concrete
pavement in 2017. The bricks were installed in 1917.

RED CLOUD — Brandon Varilek had several chipped and cracked bricks on hand Tuesday afternoon at the Red Cloud Opera House to show why the brick streets in downtown Red Cloud need to be replaced.

Varilek, pavement design engineer for the Nebraska Department of Roads, was one of several NDOR representatives at an informational open house to discuss a proposed reconstruction and resurfacing project for the portions of U.S. Highways 281 and 136 that run through downtown.

The project is slated for 2017; and although there were several design options on hand, the NDOR representatives said it remains in the conceptual phase.

The bricks were installed in 1917.

A majority of the 750,000 bricks present there have corner breaks or rounded edges from nearly 100 years of traffic and weather.

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