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Richard Bogus
City Engineer

2424 14th St.
P.O. Box 1677
Columbus, NE 68602-1677

Ph: (402) 562-4235
Fx: (402) 563-1380
Columbus Viaducts Project
The proposed project includes closure of at-grade railroad crossings and construction of grade-separated crossings of the Union Pacific Railroad corridor at three locations in Columbus:
  • Pedestrian overpass at 18th Avenue
  • Vehicular viaduct at Third Avenue
  • Vehicular viaduct at 12th Avenue

The project also proposes closure of three additional at-grade railroad crossings: vehicular crossings at 25th Avenue and 21st Avenue and a pedestrian-only crossing at 17th Avenue.

Rendering of pedestrian overpass at 18th Avenue.
Rendering of pedestrian overpass at 18th Avenue

Rendering of vehicular viaduct at 12th Avenue
Rendering of vehicular viaduct at 12th Avenue

Rendering of vehicular viaduct at Third Avenue
Rendering of vehicular viaduct at Third Avenue
The purpose of the proposed project is:
  • To improve accessibility by increasing the number of grade-separated crossings in the city
  • To improve safety by reducing the potential for trains to collide with vehicles and pedestrians
  • To improve the efficiency of the city’s transportation system by reducing delay for vehicle and pedestrian traffic (including for emergency response) during the passage of trains

The proposed project will address the following needs:
  • Access restrictions and emergency response delays due to blocked crossings
  • Current and future vehicular delay due to blocked crossings
  • Safety concerns related to at-grade crossings

The Columbus Viaducts Project is the culmination of many years of discussion regarding these transportation issues, and over the years there have been numerous studies of potential solutions.

Environmental Assessment
The Federal Highway Administration has approved the Environmental Assessment for the Columbus Viaducts Project and has determined that the project will have no significant impacts on the human or natural environment. The final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are now available:

Draft Environmental Assessment
The draft EA is also available for reference: