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What is a Purpose and Need Statement?

The Purpose and Need Statement identifies reasons a proposed project is needed. It drives the development of the range of alternatives and serves as the framework that all alternatives studied are measured against.

The purpose and need for the project will be developed and refined based on input from agencies and the public during the initial coordination/scoping period.

The proposed Purpose and Need Statement for this project is to

provide an improved river crossing that satisfies the following transportation needs in the region:

  • Maintain infrastructure
  • Maintain regional transportation links
  • Support movement of goods and freight
  • Support accessibility for non-motorized transportation
  • Support continued economic vitality on both sides of the river

What are the initial alternatives?

  • No Build – Leave the existing bridges in place while doing continued bridge maintenance.  Both structures will fall into disrepair and eventually would need to be closed to traffic.
  • Alternative 1 – Remove Fairfax Bridge Only.
  • Alternative 2 – Remove Fairfax Bridge and build a new companion bridge
  • Alternative 3 – Remove both the existing Fairfax Bridge and the Platte Purchase Bridge. Replace the two structures with a new two or four-lane bridge.
  • Bridge Lane Options – Typical sections showing possible combinations of existing, and new, including two and four-lane sections

Using customer feedback along with established evaluation criteria, the study team will determine the reasonable alternatives that will be used as the study moves forward.


Click the links below review the public meeting displays:

Purpose and Need

Range of Initial Alternatives

Bridge lane Options


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