As summer schedules become increasingly busy I thought it would be helpful to provide you with information on road construction projects that may affect your travel plans and daily commutes.

There are a couple of new projects beginning with road work on Highway 91 east of Clarkson that will include resurfacing of the highway. South of Ceresco, road work on U.S. 77 South will begin sometime in June as contractors will work to repair damaged concrete and reseal road joints. This work is scheduled to be completed later this fall.

The following four road projects are currently in progress. East of Rising City, Highway 92 is undergoing concrete repair and resurfacing and is scheduled to be completed this fall. South of Cedar Bluffs, road work continues on Highway 109 and is scheduled to be complete in July.

Highway 79 south of Valparaiso remains under construction. There is a width limit of 12 feet between Valparaiso and County Road A. When necessary construction crews will use a flagger and pilot car for traffic control. The completion date is projected for late fall.

The last project is a bridge deck replacement on Highway 66 east of Dwight. This is a summer construction project with traffic limits to one lane while crews work. The project is estimated to be completed this fall.

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Highway safety in construction areas is important. When traveling through a work zone slow down and please pay attention to the construction crews. Those controlling traffic are for your safety as well as for the safety of those working on the roadway. Drive safe and thank you!

Be water safe! With the recent drowning deaths in area rivers and lake, we need to remember the importance of water safety especially now after the flooding. The remaining high water levels in some areas and significant changes in river channels requires your extra caution and awareness. Potential hazards of swift undercurrents and changes in river bottoms have become deadly. Please wear life preservers in all waters, swim with a friend, and clouded waters in rivers and streams hide changes in water depths. Take extra precautions when around swift water and flooded areas and always think before entering the water.

Finally, this reminder to always apply sunscreen or wear sun protection when going outside. Even if it is overcast, harmful UV rays can still penetrate the clouds and burn your skin. If you are swimming, reapply sunscreen immediately after exiting the water and drying off. When considering flotation devises for young children or toddlers who do not know how to swim remember arm floaties have a tendency to pop and ring tubes can flip over trapping toddlers upside down. The best flotation devices for children are lifejackets or floaties that wrap around the arms and stretch across the chest. Enjoy your summer, be water-wise and water safe!

My office remains open during the interim you may contact us at 402-471-2719 or by emailing at bbostelman@leg.ne.gov.

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