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Highway 23 repairs pushed back to 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Isaac Kreider   

Laden with bumps, holes and expansion cracks, the 18-mile stretch of Highway 23 from north of Holyoke to the Colorado-Nebraska state line continues to be more and more troublesome.

“Plans are being engineered,” said State Commissioner Steve Hofmeister. “We hope that by 2016 we’ll be able to get to work on it.”

Previous reports noted the Colorado Department of Transportation moving up the potential date of the improvement project. Phillips County commissioners thought the work might begin this year, but it appears that the schedule will be pushed back for some time now.

“It’s bad all the way to the state line and is continually getting worse,” said Dale Vieselmeyer, who farms near Amherst. “It is in need of total reconstruction.”

A petition for the highway’s reconstruction was initiated by Vieselmeyer and circulated around Holyoke, Amherst and Venango, Neb., last November. It stated that this stretch of Highway 23 has significant truck traffic for market-to-bin crop storage, livestock handling and grain being marketed outside the production area.

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A small segment of Highway 23 just a few miles northeast of Holyoke shows a representation of the condition of the 18-mlle stretch of road to the Colorado-Nebraska border.  

—Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014