Highway Expansion Plans

Highway 75 from south of Plattsmouth to Bellevue is mentioned in a special Nebraska Legislature committee publication released last week .“Highway 34, Lincoln-Eagle” is also one of the ten listings referred to as “some of the state’s highest priority projects.”

TThe Cassgram reports the information is in a report from the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.

“Nebraska has several high-priority capital expansion projects on hold that are costing its citizens time and dollars. In addition, 174 miles of the 1988 planned expressway system remain to be constructed,” says a portion of the Executive Summary.

The 62-page report analyzed current funding sources and presented ideas on additional sources for road building and repair projects statewide.

“The current funding system of relying on the fuel tax and increased fuel consumption is no longer sustainable,” says the committee. “The funding system must either be refined or replaced with an alternative revenue source.”

The report places the current day costs for the “Highway 75, Murray-Bellevue” project at $224 million and “Highway 34, Lincoln-Eagle” at $69 million. The committee notes that only two expressway projects—“I-80 Expansion Omaha-Lincoln” and “Wahoo Bypass”—are on the Nebraska Department of Roads’ one or five-year plans.

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