Construction work continues on the $3.2 million renovation of the Visitor Center at Scotts Bluff National Monument with completion expected sometime around or after the first of the year.
Monument Superintendent Dan Morford tells KNEB News that despite a few weather related setbacks, work is moving along at a good pace. He says right now they are looking at somewhere around the end of January for completion of the project.
Morford says current plans are to get moved into the newly renovated and expanded spaces in the Visitor Center around then, at which time he says the temporary trailer in the parking lot will disappear.
Later this week yet, Morford says he is planning on working with contractors for some of the new exhibits that will be installed in the Visitor Center.
Morford had high praise for Rangel Construction, the primary contractor, and for all of the subcontrators that have been part of the construction.
Among the new rooms being added, a 12 foot window will adorn the new multi-purpose room, offering a panoramic view stretching from Eagle Rock to Saddle Rock.
Morford says even with the construction underway, visitor numbers have been very strong throughout the summer.
He says the numbers for July and August have come in and indicate a marked increase in the number of visitors. And while it could be the change to the Monument’s fee free policy or maybe it’s 100 year anniversary, Morford just doesn’t know what the higher numbers are attributed to.