Work continues on numerous roads projects throughout Nebraska, with the first roads from the 2011 Build Nebraska Act ahead of schedule. The 2011 Build Nebraska Act, which allocated a portion of sales tax revenues to fund 17 different projects over the next ten years. Governor Dave Heineman says the completion of the projects from Omaha to Alliance remains important to Nebraska’s economy.
“These roads projects are critical to Nebraska’s future. Good roads are important for economic growth and public safety,” Governor Heineman stresses at Wednesday morning’s press conference.
Governor Heineman says progress continues on the Heartland Expressway and remains a priority for the project in the Panhandle.
“The Heartland Expressway is one of the key projects that I made sure was on that list that’s going to be funded in the second group of projects, ” Governor Heineman said. “We continue to move forward on the Heartland Expressway.”
Department of Roads Director Randy Peters says the 556-mile route connecting Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming continues previous work of the Nebraska legislature to connect cities of 15,000 of more to Interstate 80.
“Approximately 180 miles of the expressway remains unbuilt and that is a priority,” Peters notes. “The geographical distribution of the project does include the Heartland Expressway as part of a congressionally delegated, high priority corridor. That’s where our focus is.”
The Build Nebraska Act allocates one-fourth of a cent of the state’s sales tax toward new road construction. Some of the projects in the first phase of the project include a new four-lane highway between Blair and Omaha, an east bypass around Kearney, and a Wahoo bypass on U.S. Highway 77. The roads projects will see construction and improvements through 2023.