Niobrara East & West


Project Information

Project #: S-12-5(1011)
Control #: 31674


Information from September 2018


Information from August 2016



Information from May 2016


Working Toward Balance, Safe, and Reliable Solution for Niobrara East and West Hwy. N-12

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has been developing a new alternative adjacent to the existing highway to provide a long term transportation solution for Nebraska Highway 12 (N-12). Following the November 9, 2015 public hearing, held to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and NDOT's Section 404 permit application, NDOT withdrew their application for the proposed A7 alternative. NDOT is developing a new alternative (A8) adjacent to the existing highway alignment. 


To access the May 6th NDOT news release, click here.


Other Documents:


Information from November 2015


Hwy. 12 Alternative Permit Withdrawn by the Nebraska Department of Transportation

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has withdrawn the Highway 12, Section 404, permit application for Alternate A7 east and west of Niobrara, Nebraska. A public hearing was held on November 9, 2015 at the Niobrara Secondary School, in Niobrara. The event was held to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and NDOT's Section 404 permit application; the public made it clear that an alternate solution should be sought.


To access the November 20th NDOT news release, click here.


Next Steps:

  • The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to find an alternative alignment that is permitable for the USACE and the National Park
  • NDOT will submit a new Section 404 permit application to the USACE for consideration and inclusion in an updated EIS.
  • A public hearing is anticipated late 2016 or early 2017 to receive public input on the alternative alignment and updated EIS.



Information from October 2015


Information from October & November 2013


Information from February 2011


Information from October 2009


Information from July 2009


Information from July 23, 2009 Public Meeting


Information from August 28, 2008 Public Meeting


Information from July 2008


Proposed Construction: Two segments of the existing Nebraska Highway 12 (N-12) roadway east and west of the Village of Niobrara, in Knox County, Nebraska, have experienced flooding and damage due to high water levels associated with the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and NDOT propose to improve or relocate N-12 or eliminate the flooding and damage to provide a reliable, stable, and safe roadway for the region.


Related Studies: Due to this project's potential impact to wetlands and other waters of the U.S., as well as other potential impacts, an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is warranted.  The Corps, as the lead Federal agency with authority under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, initiated a study to develop an EIS to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). 



If you have questions about this project, you can contact the NDOT District 3 Office at 402-370-3470.