Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT and Nebraska Department of Roads to take over Decatur bridge

Posted on: November 14, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 14, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Nebraska Department of Roads are working with the Burt County Bridge Commission to transfer jurisdiction of the Decatur-Onawa toll bridge connecting Nebraska 51 and Iowa 175 from the commission to the states.

Once the transfer is complete, the NDOR will maintain Nebraska 51 and be the lead state on issues related to the bridge, including maintenance and snow removal. The Iowa DOT will have control of Iowa 175. The agreement paves the way for the removal of tolls from the bridge beginning Nov. 30.

The agreement was approved Nov. 12 by the Iowa Transportation Commission and a recommendation to proceed has been received from the Nebraska Highway Commission. 


Iowa DOT: Tony Lazarowicz, District 3 engineer, at 712-276-1451 or
NDOR: Mary Jo Oie, Communication Division manager, at 402-479-4512 or



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