$68 M Construction Project For Highway 75

People in Cass County are excited about the $68 million project that has been a long time coming.

It's Brittany Burge's second day of work at Jeff Henry Chevrolet in Plattsmouth.

And there's a lot of activity outside her window. Fifteen-thousand cars daily pass by the dealership on Highway 75.

Much of that traffic is being detoured off of Interstate 29 in Iowa due to flooding.

That's created a traffic problem on the Nebraska side of the river and one reason Brittany decided to work in her home town instead of taking a job in Omaha or Bellevue.

"Some days it took 45 minutes to an hour to go five miles," she said. "It's going to be that way for quite a while."

But in a good way.

Highway 75 is getting much needed improvement between Plattsmouth and the Platte River.

A four lane split highway is on the horizon.

Several safety concerns will be addressed.

A weigh station will be replaced by an emergency turnaround.

A dangerous intersection at Buccaneer Bay Road will be moved.

"I've seen and had some near misses there with people who are coming over the hill too fast and aren't paying attention or people who don't know that that turn is there," Brittany said.

The Webster Street split with Highway 75 just north of town is another problem area.

"People are switching lanes like crazy in there too and its just really a dangerous intersection," Brittany said.

A large interchange will replace both intersections.

"I think this new project will really help fix traffic there," she said.

Brittany said sight lines are another concern.

"That curve over there gets kind of scary especially in the winter with the snow and the ice that we had this winter," she said.

Softer curves and reduced access points will increase safety.

Then there's the economic boost the area will receive from a more unencumbered route to Omaha.

"It puts us closer to the city," Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said. "A lot of people are going to want to move out here get a little more county living and still be very close to their jobs in the city or hopefully we'll create more jobs in this area."

The down side is four years of lane reductions and traffic congestion.

But Brittany sees gain in the pain.

"I think it will be a good thing when everything's all done and completed," she said. "It will open up a lot more traffic through Plattsmouth and help out the businesses a lot more."

Bids will go out later this year and construction begins next spring.

The four year project should be done at the same time as another big project just to the north, the new Highway 34 bridge over the Missouri River that connects Nebraska and Iowa.

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