Logan County moving forward with
rural Fifth Street Road project
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[March 20, 2020]
For a long time, Logan County has been discussing the need for a
road improvement project on 1550th Street, west of Lincoln. The road
is commonly referred to as 5th Street Road. Six miles of this
long-awaited project is expected to become reality within the next
Design work began in 1996 on the rural section of 5th Street Road.
Since then, the County has continued to make slow, but steady
progress on the project. Unfortunately, the cost of construction has
not allowed for the project to move forward.
The County has focused on the western portion of 5th Street Road,
between 700th and 100th Avenues. Design engineering began in the
late 1990’s. Some of the culverts were replaced in 2009 using
federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, but the remainder
of the roadway still needs to be upgraded. In recent years, the
Sugar Creek wind farm has been interested in the area. The 5th
Street Road corridor is the logical route for most of their
In early 2019, Logan County negotiated a road use agreement with
Liberty Power, the owner of Sugar Creek wind farm. Sheridan and West
Lincoln Townships, who currently have jurisdiction of 5th Street
Road, also negotiated road use agreements.
According to those agreements, Sugar Creek wind farm is allowed to
use 5th Street Road for their construction activity with only
minimal improvements to the road. The road is currently posted with
a 35 mile per hour speed limit for the construction work zone. With
the additional construction traffic, this speed limit should help to
reduce the potential for vehicle accidents. 5th Street Road will be
closed to through-traffic at various times during the wind farm
construction. Local residents, school buses, emergency services, and
mail delivery will still have access.
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In lieu of making pre-construction improvements, the developer has paid $2M to
Logan County. That funding will be used to supplement the County’s funds to make
the construction of the 5th Street Road project possible.
Construction plans have already been developed, and most of the Right-of-Way has
been acquired along the 5th Street corridor. Minor updates will be needed to
bring the construction plans up to current standards. The County Board is
continuing to work with Hanson Professional Services to complete that work. The
remaining design work will be done over the next few months while the wind farm
is being constructed.
Construction of the Sugar Creek wind farm will take place through much of 2020.
At the end of the wind farm construction, a roadway contractor will begin the
work on the 5th Street Road project. That construction will likely begin in late
2020 and will continue in 2021. Six miles of roadway will be re-constructed on a
new alignment. The road will have a wider surface, wide shoulders, and new
culverts. Because the roadway will be completely re-constructed, through traffic
will not be able to use the road during the project.
The 5th Street Road project has been part of the County’s long-term
transportation plan for many years. With the help of Liberty Power and the Sugar
Creek wind farm, the Logan County Board is able to leverage funding from a
private developer to help complete this project. Although traffic will be
disrupted during the construction, the County is fortunate to have this
opportunity to complete the project.
For more detailed information, please contact the Logan County Highway
Department at (217) 732-3059 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Bret A. Aukamp
Logan County Engineer]