Lots of cheers today at the Great Platte River Road Archway in Kearney. Officials celebrated the completion of exit ramps off of I-80. And a four-lane bypass from I-80 north to 11th Street. It's an addition the city believes will benefit community development, and make the town more easily accessible to drivers off the interstate.
Chairman Cherry Ave Task Force Jon Abegglen said, "When you look at the first class cities across Nebraska and along I-80, we are probably the last city of comparable size to have two entrances off the interstate into our community. It's going to create opportunity along the new Cherry Ave area for development. It's going to let people and trucks bypass our community that were typically forced onto 2nd Avenue to get through Kearney and now they're not going to have to do that."
The final two phases of the bypass project will extend the four-lane road and build a U.S. Highway 30 interchange and overpass.
The project is expected to be completed in 2016.