On Tuesday, the Grand Island City Council was presented with the transit plan for the city/county. John Collins, Public Works Director, said the Hall County had successfully run the program for 30 years, and now it has been the City’s responsibility since July 2016.
The City Council approved the Public Work’s Streets Improvement Plan. John Collins said the street improvement projects scheduled for 2018 include the Highway 281 project underway by the Nebraska Department of Roads, the Stolley Park Road reconfiguration, work on the Sycamore Street underpass, improvements to 13th Street from North Road to Diers Avenue, and improvements to Old Potash Highway.
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.
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.