Continuing to explore ways to accommodate the growing traffic within the city, Public Works Engineering staff plans to complete a feasibility study for a grade separation structure with the UPRR to be located at or around the existing Broadwell Avenue crossing north of 3rd Street. This study is necessary for the city to submit to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) in order to secure potential federal funding for assistance in building a grade separation in this area. Without the study, additional funding sources cannot be secured. Due to the length of this process, it was decided to go ahead with this study in order to begin this process. A Concept Design Report for Broadwell Avenue Grade Separation across the UPRR Tracks was done in 2004 and will be used as the starting point for this study.
On November 20, 2018, via Resolution No. 2018- 350 City Council approved an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska in the amount of $226,660.00 for such study.
On June 25, 2019, via Resolution No. 2019-195 City Council approved Amendment No. 1 with HDR Engineering in the amount of $185,123.00, resulting in a revised agreement total of $411,783.00. Such amendment allowed for an in depth environmental review, a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study that is beyond the scope originally developed for this project.