Open house planned for Highway 81/91 intersection plan

November 22, 2018

HUMPHREY — The Nebraska Department of Transportation will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Humphrey Community Center to share information about proposed improvements to the intersection of highways 81 and 91.

Transportation officials will give a formal presentation at 5 p.m., followed by the open house, which will continue until 7 p.m. The public is invited.

What’s being proposed is construction of a restricted crossing U-turn intersection, also known as an RCUT.

The proposal is in response to numerous complaints about the high number of fatal or serious injury accidents at the intersection.

The RCUT (also referred to a J-curve) is the least expensive and quickest to install of three alternatives suggested.

It only would allow right turns onto either highway at the intersection. For drivers intending to go the opposite direction, there would be a median crossing a distance away from the intersection to allow for u-turns. The median crossing is accessible by turning left from the left lane of the highway. The opposite lanes of the highway, or the intended direction, are accessible from the median crossing by turning left and then merging right onto the highway’s left lane.

Construction could begin as early as spring 2019 and could be completed that fall. The proposed project would be constructed under traffic with lane closures.

For more information on the project, interested people can go to the department’s website at www.dot.nebraska.gov/projects/future-projects/ and then clicking on the “Junction US-81/N-91” link.

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