Lincoln wellfields

Crews work to rebuild a road along the Platte River in order to reach Lincoln wells in an area ravaged by March flooding.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation has opened some roads as it continues its statewide inspections following this month's historic flooding.

The following highways are now open:

* Nebraska 14 between Verdigre and the Standing Bear Bridge. There is a width restriction of 10 feet on the bridge just south of Niobrara on one lane while work continues.

* U.S. 30 from Columbus through Silver Creek.

* U.S. 81 is open to all traffic, though it is still under construction. Traffic will be head-to-head and a 12-foot width restriction is in place while work continues. All traffic is advised to follow the posted speed in the construction zone, especially where lane crossovers are present.

Some local and county roads are still remain impassible, the department said.

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Repairs have also begun on flood-damaged roads and bridges in central Nebraska. These include:

* Nebraska 14: Contractors are expected to start immediate repairs to sections north and south of Fullerton. Weather depending, work is anticipated to conclude north of Fullerton by April 10. The remaining portion south of Fullerton is expected to be completed by April 17. Nebraska 22 between U.S. 281 and Genoa will remain closed until Nebraska 14 repairs are completed north of Fullerton.

* Nebraska 39: Work includes repairing areas washed out by the flood. The department is currently designing a bridge to replace the damaged bridge south of the Loup River. Nebraska 39 between U.S. 30 and the junction of Nebraska 39 and Nebraska 22 will remain closed until all repairs and bridge replacement are complete.

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