WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Tuesday that Nebraska will receive a $25 million grant for the construction of a new expressway, the Lincoln South Beltway.
“The Lincoln South Beltway project will have an incredibly positive impact on our families and communities for years to come. With this new grant, the state of Nebraska will be able to build a brand new expressway, which will alleviate traffic and increase safety for Nebraskans, especially those in the Lincoln area. I was pleased to work closely with state and local leaders to secure the grant for this priority project,” said U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, the chairman of the Surface Transportation Subcommittee.
“The highly competitive TIGER program recognizes projects that will have a significant impact on a region, metropolitan areas, or our country as a whole,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The Lincoln South Beltway project will create a new east-west expressway located south of Lincoln in Lancaster County. The four-lane expressway will divert freight trucks from the local transportation network, which will help increase safety and mobility in local travel. Click here to read more about the Lincoln South Beltway.
“With a project of this magnitude, today’s announcement is another exciting part of bringing this project to a reality,” said Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director Kyle Schneweis. “The selection of the South Beltway application from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants further validates what many Nebraskans already know about this transformative project – that it will support safety and economic growth in the Lincoln, Lancaster County, and Southeast Nebraska region.”
The proposed South Beltway project would construct a new 11-mile east-west freeway south of the City of Lincoln, located between U.S. Highway 77 on the west and Nebraska Highway 2 on the east, and generally located 0.5 miles south of Saltillo Road. The purpose of the Lincoln South Beltway is to improve east-west connectivity for regional and interstate travel through Nebraska and to improve safety and reduce conflicts between local and through traffic, including heavy truck traffic, in Lincoln.
The Lincoln South Beltway is one of the largest transportation undertakings for the State of Nebraska at an estimated cost of $300 million. The funding will come primarily from state funds from the Build Nebraska Act, with a local contribution from the City of Lincoln and in partnership with Lancaster County.