Busy Highway May Be Improved

Possible improvement for Highway 75 down the road.

The Cassgram reports Gov. Dave Heineman announced Wednesday that Nebraska Department of Roads will submit five projects for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant. The grant is a competitive pool of funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus bill).

One of those projects is expanding US-75 from a two-lane to a four-lane highway from Plattsmouth to Bellevue, including three interchanges in Cass and Sarpy Counties, and construction of four-lanes of US-34 to I-29 in Iowa. This includes the construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River, commonly referred to as the Bellevue Bridge. This is a combined project with Iowa.

"Although this is a highly competitive grant, we are hopeful that with the support of our federal delegation these projects will be selected for funding," Gov. Heineman said. "We hope to have these five projects funded as one package."

$1.5 billion is available nationwide. Federal TIGER grant criteria requires no additional matching funds. Projects should also have national, regional or metropolitan significance; provide equitable geographic distribution; and represent an appropriate balance between urban and rural areas.

The other projects are resurfacing I-80 from Roscoe to Paxton in Keith County; expanding I-80 from a four-lane to a six-lane interstate between the 56th Street interchange and the Waverly interchange in Lancaster County; expanding N-133, commonly called Blair High Road, from a two-lane to a four-lane highway, from the junction with N-36 north towards Blair for 5 miles in Douglas and Washington Counties; expanding N-370 from a two-lane to a four-lane highway between Gretna and I-80 in Sarpy County.

Selected projects are to be announced by February 17th, 2010

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