The North Bend Eagle

 

Bypass affecting locals

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/13/18

The bypass is coming. Little by little, signs of the imminent arrival of the four-lane Highway 30 Expressway around North Bend are being seen. For 30-plus years this has been talked about. For 30-plus years younger and younger people have been saying, “not in my lifetime.”

Highway path
The future path of the Highway 30 Expressway can be seen in land northwest of North Bend that the Rezniceks farm. They left it fallow this year after the state purchased the right of way for the new highway.

But it will be reality soon.

The road around Schuyler has been complete. The road between Schuyler and Fremont had its official ground breaking Oct. 25, 2016, and there has been progress ever since. The Schuyler to Rogers work began Oct. 3, 2016, and should be complete in 2019. The second phase from Rogers around North Bend to Fremont began this spring with fall 2020 the anticipated completion date. Many locals have come face to face with the state’s land acquisition process.

Brad Benzl lives at 1987 County Road 3. He went to the meeting May 3, 2016, at the North Bend City Auditorium and saw a purple dot over his house on the maps spread out.

“When I bought the land in 1993, I didn’t think the highway would come as far back as it did,” Benzl said. “It was a shock when I saw the little purple dot on my house.”

Benzl started looking for a new location right away. He looked at other communities, but wanted to stay in the North Bend area because he has family here. Stacey Kroeger, the Nebraska Department of Transportation liaison between the NDOT and property land owners, has been helpful, Benzl said.

He ended up purchasing six acres and building a shop for his Bradz Bike’s business as well as a new home a mile north of North Bend on County Road S.

“The highway is a necessity,” Benzl said. “There was at least one accident at the County Road 3 and Highway 30 intersection each year.”

Randy Reznicek has four miles of the expressway going through land that the Reznicek family farms.

“The standard is that a two lane takes 20 acres per mile,” Reznicek said. “For a four lane highway, it’s approximately 45 acres per mile.”

 

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