Neligh's nearly $1 million bridge repair project is almost complete.
Bank stabilization on the Elkhorn River opposite Neligh Mill State Historic Site is almost done, which is one of the final aspects of repairing the Neligh Mill Bridge. The project included about 2,049 cubic yards of stone rip-rap along 300 linear feet of lineal river bank.
“We appreciate the City and County for rallying around the project. Thanks to their efforts, federal emergency funding, the private donor, and the appropriation of the Legislature, about $900,000 was leveraged to recover from the damage, ” said Michael Smith, Director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
When flooding in 2010 created a new channel, the river left the historic Neligh Mill bridge isolated. The bridge was built in 1910 by the Western Bridge and Construction Company of Omaha, Nebraska. Antelope County oversaw about $137,000 to stabilize and repair the historic bridge.
The City of Neligh received $650,000 from a private donor to build a new approach to the historic bridge. Funds from the donor were also used to repaint the bridge to its historic color. The Nebraska Legislature appropriated $90,000 to the Nebraska State Historical Society for the bank stabilization project.
Rutgens Construction of Tilden was the contractor on the project.
For more information about Neligh Mill State Historic Site, visit www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mill/