Two Lane Busy Highway To Be Widened.

This announcement came late Friday morning through the Nebraska Department of Roads. A new project will begin next spring along US-75.

From the Platte River bridges south through Avenue B in Plattsmouth, about four miles of Highway 75 will be reconstructed to freeway and expressway standards, including a new interchange at Bay Road.”

The plans for an expressway from Bellevue to Nebraska City date back to the 1980s.

Nebraska District 2 State Senator Dave Pankonin was pleasantly caught off-guard when NDOR District 2 Engineer Tim Weander called him Thursday about Friday’s pending announcement. Pankonin spoke with Cassgram early Friday morning. “I have some very exciting news your readers have been waiting to hear for a long time…”

Pankonin said what surprises him most is that the state was able find $68 million for the project. NDOR explained the funding availability: “NDOR’s ability to advance this project was made possible by receiving unanticipated additional federal funds in fiscal year 2011, and by utilizing federal dollars that local entities were not able to commit by this year’s federal fiscal deadline.” The project is ready to advance to construction because it was previously designed and submitted in 2009 for a federal “TIGER” stimulus grant, but the state did not receive any of that grant money.

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