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Nebraska will receive more than $46 million in federal money to help pay for repairs to roads and bridges that were needed after widespread flooding struck the state in the spring of 2019. The federal money is part of $574 million in emergency aid announced Tuesday that the U.S. Transportation Department is distributing to 39 states and Puerto Rico. Nebraska transportation officials have said the flooding in March 2019 forced the closure of 3,300 miles of highway in the state and damaged 27 bridges.

Mayor Stothert Proposes Street Improvement Bond

Jan 24, 2020

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert proposes a 200-million dollar bond for street improvements.  Stothert announced the plan Thursday morning, saying city streets have been under-funded for too long.  Stothert says the bond would cost property owners about 35 dollars per 100-thousand dollars of property value a year.  She wants Omaha residents to vote on the bond in May.

 

The total mileage of closed roads in Nebraska is down to double-digits for the first time since last month's flooding.  At the peak, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said more than 33-hundred miles of roads were closed, but the updated number as of today is just over 70.  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that it plans to use 25-million dollars in emergency relief funds to repair flooded roads in the state.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Nebraska Department of Transportation is announcing emergency repairs for flood-damaged roads in the Omaha metro area.  In the city, there will be major reconstruction of West Dodge Road between US-275 and 228th Street.  N-DOT says the work also includes US-275 south of Waterloo, Highway 30 between Fremont and Arlington, Highway 77 north of Fremont, and Highway 91 between Nickerson and Fontanelle.  Motorists are being reminded to watch for marked detours.

(Omaha, NE)  --  A major Omaha thoroughfare will be expanded.  Plans call for widening 180th Street from two lanes to four, and a bridge will be built to allow drivers to take 180th from Dodge to Blondo.  Officials say a contract will be awarded in the fall and construction on the project will start in 2020.  Construction is expected to wrap up in 2023.  

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Work will soon begin to fix an eastern Nebraska road that leads to a religious shrine.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state road officials have identified $11.2 billion in construction needs over the next two decades.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Roads has created a new state task force that will look at transportation issues and how they can benefit the state economy.