City of Ralston
"The Heart of the Metro"
Ralston Viaduct Lane Closures Beginning Monday, May 22, 2017
There will be lane closures between “Q” Street and Harrison Street on 84th Street beginning May 22 to construct median cross-over pavement, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
These median cross-overs are necessary to route head-to-head traffic in the southbound lanes to facilitate the reconstruction of the northbound Viaduct over the railroad tracks. Traffic will remain head-to-head until this December. During the winter months, all northbound and southbound lanes will be open to traffic.
Hawkins Construction Company is the contractor on this project.
Tree Replacement Project
The City of Ralston has obtained grant funding to replace trees in the downtown area. The primary focus of the tree replacement is to address the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer insect. Approximately 10 different species of trees will be used to replace the ash trees, continuing our commitment to being a Tree City.
The reasoning for this is to combat the threat that a small insect poses to all ash trees. This insect, known as the emerald ash borer is currently in west/central Iowa and is heading this way. This particular borer is devastating to all ash trees, no matter how large or small, old or young. To get ahead of this eminent threat, the City plans to remove all ash trees from the downtown area and replace them (by June 1, 2016) with new species that are not on the ash borer’s food list.
Ralston business owners will receive notices informing them that the ash tree outside their business has been marked to be removed within the next month. If you are a tenant of a building that is affected, please feel free to pass this information on to your landlord.
Below is a picture of the small beetle that has caused so much destruction.
If you have any questions please call the Ralston Park’s Department at 402-593-0485
“You Drink and Drive, You Lose” Campaign - Results
Ralston Connector Trail Under 84th Street Viaduct Closure Effective March 8, 2016
The Ralston Connector Trail under the 84th Street Viaduct will be closed indefinitely from Serum Ave to 84th Frontage Road as of 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 due to safety concerns with falling debris.
The Ralston Police Department recently participated in the national “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” campaign that ran from August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017. This special enforcement effort was paid for by a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
Officers made (10) DUI arrests during this time frame, up from two DUI arrests the year before. Of the ten arrests, (6) arrests occurred on the weekend and (2) occurred on Labor Day. Time frames for arrests were from 6:30 p.m. to 2:58 a.m. There were (9) males arrested, and (1) female was arrested. Ages of suspects arrested ranged from 21 years of age to 61 years of age. Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) ranged from .112 to .237 grams of alcohol per 210 Liters of breath. Of the ten arrests for DUI, three suspects were charged with second offense DUI, and one was charged with a felony third offense DUI. The party arrested for third offense had a BAC of .237 when arrested at 2:58 a.m. on Labor Day morning. One suspect refused all tests and was booked for several charges including Refusing a Chemical Test and 2nd Offense DUI.
With grant officers working an extra 75.5 hours of overtime, as well as normal patrols, 150 traffic stops were made with 53 total citations being issued. During this grant period, one person was arrested for Child Abuse/Neglect and Possession of Marijuana. Also during this grant period, a suspect was arrested for burglary. There were several additional charges during this period, including (17) speeding citations, (9) Driving Under Suspension charges, and (5) people were arrested on outstanding warrants. Also, (1) Minor in Possession of Alcohol citation was issued and (3) citations were issued for Open Alcohol Containers.
Pay for City Services Online
The City is accepting online payment for many services. Recently added is the ability to use your favorite credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express) to pay for building and plumbing permits as well as licenses.
This service is in addition to the payments that are accepted online by the Ralston Police Department. You can request and pay for a police report online or pay parking tickets online. All waiverable traffic citations may also be paid online through the State of Nebraska Web site. If your traffic citation indicates at the bottom that it is "waiverable" and it has dollar amounts filled in, then the citation is eligible to be pain online.
To access the online reports and payment options for the Ralston Police Department, hover over the Police Department link on the left side of any City Web page and choose the link you want.
The City accepts online payments for many services, including various permits and licenses.