Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announced today a partnership between the state and city regarding highway repair work through the metro area.
The Nebraska Department of Roads reported a cost savings of $21-million in 2012 that stemmed from the difference between the original estimates for road projects and what contractors actually bid for the jobs. Omaha will receive $6.4-million this year for work on six U-S highways that travel through the city and an estimated $6-million is slated for fiscal year 2015.
The work is expected to start yet this summer and all projects should be complete by the end of the year, weather permitting.
The projects include U-S Highway 6 (Dodge and Douglas Streets), Highway 64 (Maple and Cuming Streets), U-S Highway 75 (Fort and McKinley Streets), Nebraska Highway 85 (84th Street) and U-S Highway 275 (Industrial Road, L Street).
Mayor Jean Stothert stated the money will double the number of road repair projects completed this year. She said the money is much needed as Omaha is decades behind on road repair projects.
The remainder of the money will go to road projects in North Platte, Aurora and Lincoln.