RED CLOUD — The Nebraska Department of Transportation has announced work is ready to begin on $11 million worth of improvements to an 11-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 136 from Red Cloud west to the Webster/Franklin county line.

Werner Construction Inc. of Hastings holds a contract worth $10,995,111 for the project, which entails grading, removing and replacing three bridges, repairing or replacing culverts and resurfacing the roadway with asphalt.

Bridge construction and some of the culvert repair is expected to be complete this fall. The rest of the project is to be finished in 2021.

Where bridges and culverts are being worked on, temporary traffic signals will be used to control one-lane traffic. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph during the bridge repairs.

In addition, the highway will be closed between Webster County Road 100 (at the county line west of Inavale) and County Road 200 for about 35 days in the June-to-August timeframe. Traffic will be detoured to Nebraska Highway 4 during the closure.

Motorists should expect to see delays and are urged to use extra caution in construction zones, NDOT said a news release.

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