United States Senator Deb Fischer says the proposed completion of the state expressway system would be personal for her.
And, that’s not because her Build Nebraska Act, passed when she was a state senator, is part of the funding mechanism.
But, because her farther, Jerry Strobel, proposed the system in 1988 when he was the Roads Director under Governor Kay Orr.
“Of course, I’m very proud of my Dad,” Fischer tells reporters during a conference call. “So, it’s somewhat personal, but I’m just proud that I, I guess, had that same vision that my Dad did where he realized the importance of the entire state of Nebraska. He realized the importance of connecting our people and connecting our communities.”
The Nebraska Department of Roads has unveiled a $300 million push to begin construction on a good portion of the expressways by 2024.
Fischer says she never really considered her work on roads while in the Unicameral as part of carrying on a family legacy.
“I never thought I was going to be involved in doing it,” Fischer says. “I’m not a civil engineer, like my Dad was. So, it’s a real pleasure to be involved with this.”