Nebraska Trucking Association president Larry Johnson is a member of the task force and says they’ll be casting a wide net for input.
“It’s important to get the perspective of everybody in every community across the state,” Johnson says. “There’s some very high priority projects based on efficient roads and safe roads, but also in the interest of economic development.”
Nebraska has some unfinished road projects in the works, but task force member Thomas Wolf of North Bend, the president of Platte Valley Bank, says he’s hoping for a cohesive effort from the state and private sector to change that.
Wolf says, “We’ll focus on way that, hopefully, the government and private sectors can work together and provide some ideas and opportunities to discuss how our transportation and highways actually work to improve our economy.”
Wolf hopes for significant progress on projects like the Highway 275 plan.
“We’ve had a four-way highway that’s going to be going around North Bend,” he says. “It’s been in the works for a long, long time and we’ve had some issues. It will be good to be a part of what goes into putting in roads where they need to be. It seems like a lot of times, common sense just doesn’t prevail.”
Wolf says the task force is in the early stages and a game plan is still being worked out.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton