United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made a pre-Independence Day stop in Nebraska, announcing a major highway project for Lincoln and backing a measure to match young veterans with truck driving jobs.
Chao’s visit to Omaha was hosted by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
Chao announced the long-planned Lincoln South Beltway project will receive a $25 million federal TIGER grant. The project will create a four-lane east-west expressway south of Lincoln in Lancaster County. Freight trucks will be diverted from local streets to ease congestion and improve safety.
Fischer sponsors the pilot project contained in the 2015 highway bill aimed at helping military veterans find work as truck drivers. Under provisions of the program, about 700 young veterans between the ages of 18 and 21 who drove trucks in the military would be allowed to drive commercial trucks across state lines.