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Roads Department unveils $300 million in highway projects; no East Beltway yet

31 Oct 2016 / in Lincoln Journal Star

Norfolk gets a four-lane highway, but for now, Lincoln’s East Beltway will remain just a glimmer in the Capital City’s eye. The long-sought, 13-mile connection between Interstate 80 and Nebraska 2 didn’t make the list of $300 million in new expressway construction projects announced Thursday by Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state Roads Department. Yet […]

Unfinished highway project a hot topic at Nebraska hearing

18 Apr 2016 / in Lincoln Journal Star

By The Associated Press Updated Apr 12, 2016 COLUMBUS — Nebraska’s expressway system is still generating a lot of attention from the pubic and was one of the primary topics discussed Friday at a public hearing held by the Nebraska Department of Roads. Business and community leaders in northeast Nebraska are calling for expansion of […]

Lawmakers OK $450M roads infrastructure bank

18 Apr 2016 / in Lincoln Journal Star

By ZACH PLUHACEK and JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star Updated 11 min ago (0) Lawmakers have approved a $450 million infrastructure bank intended to speed work on Nebraska’s expressway system and other major highway projects. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, passed Tuesday on a 48-0 vote. “It’s great to see […]

Ricketts, lawmakers call for $150M roads funding boost

07 Feb 2016 / in Lincoln Journal Star

January 07, 2016 4:00 pm  •  By ZACH PLUHACEK | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR Paving the way for another big boost in spending on Nebraska roads, Gov. Pete Ricketts and key lawmakers unveiled plans to pull up to $150 million from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for highway construction and related work. The move would establish a “transportation […]

Editorial, 12/17: Change, opportunity on roads

11 Jan 2016 / in Lincoln Journal Star

December 16, 2015 11:59 pm • BY THE JOURNAL STAR EDITORIAL BOARD2 Journal Star editorial board The state rules for funding highway projects are changing, with a new emphasis to be placed on economic goals when projects are selected. The pending changes make it doubly important for communities and businesses to take advantage of opportunities […]

Highway projects could ‘fast forward’ 5 years with changes, director says

16 Dec 2015 / in Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska could get a jump on about $16.1 billion worth of highway needs over the next two decades if state lawmakers approve measures that will be proposed next year, officials say. The measures would use money already available to the state and could “fast forward” future highway projects by as much as five years, state […]

On roads funding, lawmakers pushed to ‘do something big and get something done’

21 Sep 2015 / in Lincoln Journal Star

NORFOLK — A hundred thousand truckloads of steel flow in and out of this city every year, cruising down two-lane U.S. 275 at 65 mph — sometimes faster, often slower. Those trucks join thousands more carrying groceries from Affiliated Foods, cattle from Cuming County and grain from Scribner. And they all share the road with […]

Key senator open to innovative roads funding

12 Aug 2015 / in Lincoln Journal Star

August 08, 2015 11:00 pm  •  By DON WALTON | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion said Friday he is open to “options for innovative funding” of road construction in Nebraska as he prepares to lead a series of hearings throughout the state on highway needs. Smith, chairman of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, said new options could […]

Major Nebraska 2 work included in $505M highway plan

31 Jul 2015 / in Lincoln Journal Star

July 07, 2015 4:00 pm  •  By ZACH PLUHACEK | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR A new interchange in Nebraska City and three expressway projects across the state are among $505 million in highway-related work planned for the next year, the state Department of Roads announced Tuesday. The major projects include building a new U.S. 75/Nebraska 2 interchange at the […]

Fresh ideas on road funding

9 hours ago  •  By the Journal Star editorial board The advocacy organization 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska should be complimented for not ignoring an important part of the equation when it released a report touting the benefits of widening Highway 275 to four lanes between Norfolk and Omaha. The report conducted by Dr. Ernie Goss of Creighton […]