Lower construction costs last year will lead to more money for major road projects in Nebraska this year.
Road construction costs during the past year came in $21 million under engineering estimates. A large portion of the savings will go toward maintenance. The remaining $11.5 million will go to ready-made projects in five cities.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says the extra six million dollars will help complete important projects in her city.
“Taxpayers expect and deserve good roads and with your commitment, we are catching up on years and years of neglect,” Stothert tells reporters during a news conference in the governor’s office.
Stothert says the extra money will be used to re-surface Omaha’s busiest intersection, 90th and Dodge, with work beginning after the Independence Day holiday.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says the extra $2.5 million will help local funding stretch further.
“So, additional state funding means that we can get the best bang for the buck altogether,” Beutler says. “This investment is a wise use of funds to benefit both the traveling public and taxpayers, generally.”
Beutler says the extra money will help upgrade Lincoln’s entryway streets.
Papillion will receive $1.1 million, North Platte will receive $1.1 million, and Aurora will receive $400,000.
The state chose the project based on whether they were ready for construction.