GERING, Neb. -

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to beginning next week on Highway 71 between mile markers 56 and 61.

Iowa Erosion Control, Inc. of Victor, Iowa, has the $200,000 contract for replacing expansion joints at five bridge locations. 

Traffic will be maintained throughout the project using lane closures and reduced speeds. Construction is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2014. 

Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones and to remember that fines are doubled in a work zone when workers are present.