Weather permitting, due to complications in the contractor’s original schedule, the anticipated start date was delayed from July 31 to August 7 on US-83, north of McCook, from Reference Post 18.15 to Reference Post 25.97, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Paulsen Inc. of Cozad, Nebraska, has the $2.7 million dollar contract, which includes milling and replacement of asphalt. Temporary lane closures will be maintained with flaggers and a pilot vehicle. There will also be a 12-foot width restriction. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-fall. The Department of Transportation’s project manager is Curt Van Pelt of McCook. Motorists are asked to drive cautiously through construction zones and to expect delays.