Posted By: Megan Conway
An economic impact study says expanding highway 275 to four lanes could make is safer.
It stretches from Norfolk to Omaha and used heavily for manufacturing industries, including metal production and agriculture. The study says widening it to four lanes would reduce accidents by 40-60 percent. Also, the project would decrease commute times and create 1,300 jobs. The study’s conductor says not only would this benefit public safety, but also the growth of Nebraska.
“In my judgment as an economist, the economic benefits are quite significant. If we wait, everyday we wait, we lose economic development opportunities,” says Dr. Ernie Goss, economics professor at Creighton.
Goss says the benefits will outweigh the cost. Options to pay for the project include bonds, an increase in fuel tax, or pass-thru tolls.