Omaha, Lincoln among cities to receive funds for road projects
January 3rd, 2014
Omaha, NE — At a press conference yesterday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced additional funding for road projects throughout Nebraska.
Over the past year, the state of Nebraska saved nearly $21 million between the engineering estimates and the actual cost for state highway construction and improvement projects.
Governor Heinemann told reporters that he intends to use these savings for various highway maintenance projects across the state.
â€œThese partnerships benefit residents, commuters, tourists, freight haulers and travelers in and around the metro Omaha and Lincoln areas as well as across the state of Nebraska,â€ Heineman said.
Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion, North Platte and Aurora will receive additional funding for state roadways for fiscal year 2015. Omaha will receive an additional $6 million, while Lincoln will receive an additional $2.5Â million dollars.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said a large portion of the additional funding will be used to resurface the intersection of 90th and Dodge Street. The city of Omaha recently completed a $6.4 million resurfacing project on nearly a dozen roads, including a large portion of Dodge Street from 52nd Avenue to Turner Boulevard.
â€œThe most recent traffic study shows that more than 107,000 vehicles drive through this intersection every single day. You can imagine the wear and tear on the road and need for repairs,â€ Stothert said.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said the capitol city has only repaired some 39 miles of its 1,200 miles worth of roads in the last three years with local funds.
The state is investing about $3.1 million for fiscal year 2013-2014 to improve the state highway system within Lincoln. The city will receive a total of $5.6 million, which will fund the improvement of about 32 miles of state highways within the cityâ€™s limits.
â€œIn Lincoln the funding has been used and will be used for important entryways to our city,” Beutler said. “Cornhusker Highway, Sun Valley Boulevard, North 54th Street, Highway 2, and East and West O Street to mention some of the most important ones. These entryways obviously are a first impression for many people.â€
Stothert said work on 90th and Dodge will begin after the Fourth of July holiday.
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