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Aug. 18, 2016

 

 

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Safety concerns close bridge to Brodstone Memorial Field

Water main work begins next week

Donations funding City Park projects

Hydrocarbon clean-up work continues in Superior

 

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Safety concerns close bridge to Brodstone Memorial Field

Members of the Superior Board of Education met in special session Tuesday afternoon to review bids and award a contract for the replacement of the pedestrian bridge which links the schools on West Eighth Street with Brodstone Memorial Field located north of Fourth Street.
The bridge is required because Lost Creek runs between the athletic field and the schools. While not very wide, the creek has cut a deep channel through Lincoln Park and is known to go on a rampage from time to time.
When the high school was located on Tenth Street, the only entrance to Brodstone Field was via Fourth Street. Several parking options were available then that are not now. Consequently there was no need to cross the creek.
People attending the games were able to park on the running track which circled the field and west of the visitor's bleachers. On the east side parking was allowed on the baseball field and along Fourth Street. On game nights vehicles lined both Fourth and Park streets for several blocks. Rather than fight the traffic, many people chose to walk from home to the game and back. Well maintained sidewalks connected the baseball field with the residential neighborhoods and the football field was just across the parking lot from the baseball field.
With the opening of the high school on West Eighth Street in the fall of 1964, people attending the games wanted to utilize the school parking lots. It became apparent a north entrance to the field was needed but that required a footbridge over Lost Creek.
The first bridge was a rather simple wooden structure assembled by local builders. With the bridge in place and a north entrance, football fans began parking on the grass south of the scout cabin in addition to the lots around the school. A shelter house was added for the ticket sellers and the north entrance became the most popular way into Brodstone Memorial Field.
As the years passed, parking on the baseball field and the perimeter of the football field was banned. Flood waters eroded the creek bank and damaged both the recently asphalted running track and bridge.
It was decided to replace the original footbridge with a pony truss style of bridge which originally had served a county road. The bridge which once had been wide enough for motor vehicles to use was narrowed and placed at the north end of the field.
After the Fourth Street bridge washed out for at least the third time since 1950 and it was determined soil in that area was not stable enough for the wood pilings which had previously been used, a similar pony truss bridge was put into place to allow entrance to Lincoln Park via Fourth Street. That bridge had originally been used on Fifteenth Street. Nuckolls County was happy to provide the trade as the Fifteenth Street Bridge was considered a historical bridge and funding for the new and bigger bridge at that location was in jeopardy if the bridge was scrapped.
When planning the Safe Walk to School route which was supported with a federal grant, an engineer had to be brought in to survey the route and do the design work. That engineer inspected both the athletic field and the Fifth Street pedestrian bridges. Though of similar age to the now Fourth Street bridge the pony truss athletic field bridge apparently is not considered a historical structure. The engineer expressed safety concerns and suggested it be closed.
When flood waters damaged the Fifth Street pedestrian bridge, the City of Superior replaced the decaying wooden structure, with a concrete girder of the type used for interstate highway bridges. With handrail modifications, the engineer accepted the concrete girder bridge.
Earlier this summer, the school district invited contractors to submit bids for the replacement of the athletic field bridge with a bridge designed for pedestrian use.
Five companies submitted bids. Base bids ranged from the low of $38,653.00 submitted by Saathoff Construction of Superior, to the high of $76,000 submitted by M. E. Collins Contracting of Wahoo.
Farris Construction of Hastings, bid $46,804, Van Kirk Brothers of Sutton bid $55,600 and Stephens & Smith Construction of Lincoln bid $66,204.
The bridge Saathoff has proposed installing, will be built by the Bridge Brothers Company. Once the work starts, the installation is expected to require eight days. According to the bid, work is expected to start 11 weeks after the contract is awarded so the new bridge will probably not be available for use this fall. However, the school district is so eager to have the new bridge in place for at least a part of the fall football season that a special meeting was called for Tuesday afternoon to review the bids. It was expected a bid would be awarded and the successful contractor asked to start work sooner rather than later.
Brodstone Memorial Field dates to the 1930s and was designated as a memorial to Lady Vestey's brother, Lewis Brodstone. Before being developed football, track and field events, the area was the site of a kitten ball field.
With the development of the Wildcat Community Track west of the school, track and field events were relocated.

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Water main work begins next week

Work is starting next week on the installation of a new water main between Hartley and Bloom streets.
K-2 Construction of Lincoln, Neb., has been awarded the Superior utility improvement contract.
Actual pipeline installation is expectded to begin after Labor Day and be completed later this fall. However, the first step will be to identify the location of water and gas service lines which may be in the area where the new main is being installed.
Currently a water main ranging from 4 to 8 inches in size is thought to be located on the north side of the street near the curb with service lines running to customers. There are natural gas lines located near the sidewalks on both sides of the street.
Next week K-2 employees will be using a vacuum trailer to suck holes in the parking and identify the location and depth of the service lines. That work will, of course leave holes in the yards.
While much of the work will be on the north side of the street, in some instances it may be necessary to do some work on the south side.
After Labor Day the company is expected to have a larger crew in Superior installing the new main and connecting the service lines.
Yard damage will be minimize as the plan is to use underground boring techniques rather than open trenches. However, it will be necessary to dig access pits and some trenching may be required. This will result in some yards sustaining considerable damage and others very little.
The utility department has had another contractor in Superior this summer repairing sewer lines.
Maintenance and repair of the community's utility services is an ongoing activity with work scheduled each year.
Motorists are to be on the lookout for men and equipment in the street.

 

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Donations funding City Park projects
Donations are still being accepted to fund the current improvement projects at Superior's City Park. At last tally about $800 were needed to complete the retaining wall and related work associated with the north flower bed. If funding becomes available, the project will be expanded to other areas of the park including the playground equipment.
Thus far approximately $3,000 have been spent on the project and all the labor and some materials have been donated.
Donations may be sent to the non-profit Nuckolls County Foundation at P.O. Box 385, Superior, Neb., and designated for the City Park project.

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Hydrocarbon clean-up work continues in Superior
A soil testing crew, subcontracted by RDG Geosciences and Engineering, Omaha, was at the site of the former Standard Oil Company service station, located at the southwest corner of Third and Commercial Streets in Superior, Thursday. The drillers, from O'Malley Drilling Company, Omaha, drilled four wells from which soil and ground water samples were extracted. They reached ground water at 28 feet and continued down to 34 feet to take the samples.
A source well was drillled at the site of the underground storage tanks. Four gradient wells were drilled which would be used to determine the extent of any possible contamination and the direction the contaminate plume was spreading. The crew drilled the source well and three gradient wells Thursday and returned, Friday, to drill the final well, which could indicate the direction of any contaminated groundwater flow.
The samples were sent to a laboratory for testing. When the results are received, they will compile a report recommending, what, if anything, is required to mitigate the site.
The company is in the process of site mitigation at the site of the former Conoco station at Third and Central. The company is also responsible for site mitigation at the former Champlin Petroleum Company terminal and pipeline facilities located on East Eighth Street. Cleanup at the Champlin site is almost complete according to the RDG spokesman.

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