Heineman, Stothert outline plan for road repair

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July 9th, 2013

Mayor Jean Stothert talks about the partnership between the City of Omaha and the Nebraska Department of Roads. She is joined by Gov. Dave Heineman; City Engineer Tim O'Bryan;City Engineer Todd Phitzer; and Director of the Nebraska Department of Roads Randy Peters. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

Mayor Jean Stothert talks about the partnership between the City of Omaha and the Nebraska Department of Roads. She is joined by Gov. Dave Heineman, City Engineer Tim O’Bryan, City Engineer Todd Phitzer and Director of the Nebraska Department of Roads Randy Peters. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

Omaha, NE — Omaha drivers can expect a lot more detours and closed lanes before the summer’s over now that the city has partnered with the Nebraska Department of Roads to accelerate the maintenance and repair of the state’s highways and byways.

Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced that $6.4 million dollars in state funds will be used to repair and maintain state roadways in the Omaha metro area. The partnership developed as a result of the Nebraska Department of Roads saving $21 million through the competitive bidding process on state highway construction projects.

“One of our goals is to expedite needed maintenance projects when possible on state highways in and around Omaha,” Heineman said. “With this collaborative program the state department of roads and the City of Omaha are allocating additional funds to accelerate highway maintenance projects.”

Along with resurfacing projects, the city will also make improvements at intersections that conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Stothert.

“We are decades behind in road maintenance and repair in Omaha and good roads are a service that taxpayers expect and deserve,” Stothert said. “In 2013 we expect to resurface 110 miles in Omaha, which is more than triple the repairs that were made in the past recent years.”

The funds will be used to resurface more than a dozen major roadways including: Dodge Street, Maple Street, South 84th Street and North 30th Street.

Randy Peters, director of the Nebraska Department of Roads, said the agency has identified highways throughout the state that are in poor or fair condition. More studies will be conducted by district engineers to assess where additional repairs are needed.

“We want to restore the rough pavement that is out there in and around Omaha quickly,” Peters said. “These maintenance projects will help bring back smoother ride quality on the much used highways in the metro area.”

Under the partnership an additional $6 million may be used in fiscal year 2015 for more maintenance work. Additional savings will be used for projects in North Platte, Aurora and Lincoln.

This first round of maintenance projects is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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