Roundabouts on Hwy 281

John Collins, Public Works Director, recommends a dynamic synchronization system for signals over roundabouts for Hwy 281.


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Capital Avenue – Ribbon Cutting



John Collins, Public Works Director/City Engineer talks about the Capital Avenue Project


Capital Avenue, in Grand Island, NE, is now open to traffic.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, November 10.   Among the worth attendees were the Mayor, Jeremy Jensen; City Administrator, Marlin Ferguson; Public Works Director/City Engineer, John Collins; Department of Roads Director, Kyle Schneweis; and Council Members and Citizens of Grand Island.



Cutting the Ribbon – Mayor Jeremy Jensen and Kyle Schneweis


First Truck to roll down Capital Avenue



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City of Grand Island Seeks Tax Increase to Improve Infrastructure

The City Council approve a measure to put a one-half cent sales tax measure on the November 8, 2016, ballot to improve the city’s infrastructure.  John Collins, Public Works Director, said the budget for capital improvement projects keeps going down — declining in the last 16 years from $6 million to less than $4 million.

Article – Sara Kirkley; NTV

Video – Russ Batenhorst; NBC Nebraska

The Sycamore underpass a good example of some of the repairs that are needed around the City of Grand Island.  John Collins provided a tour of the Sycamore Underpass and pointed out drainage problems, rebar issues, and side walls are tilting inwards.

Article – Harold Reutter; The Independent


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Lasers to Provide More Pavement Data

John Collins said the more data that is gathered, the more likely the city can project pavement failures throughout city limits.



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Future of Hwy. 281

Concrete replacement of Hwy. 281 is expected to start in the Spring of 2017.  John Collins says the extra foot in the turn lanes will increase safety.


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Using Polyurethane Foam to Level Street

It will be the first time Grand Island has used polyurethane foam to level a street in Grand Island, according to John Collins.  It will be used to level South Locust Street.


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Dead Fish along Trail

Reports of dead fish along the hike and bike trail near Sothman Park has the City looking for a solution to correct the problem.  John Collins says because of nesting blackbirds they are not allowed to remove the cattail but they are developing a solution.


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