In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts joined lawmakers and the Nebraska Department of Transportation Director (NDOT) Kyle Schneweis to announce an expedited construction schedule that will allow the Lincoln South Beltway to be open to traffic by the end of 2022.
Previously, construction was anticipated to take up to eight years to complete. With this new approach, the NDOT will begin construction in 2020 and traffic will be underway on the Lincoln South Beltway by the end of 2022, officials say.
The Lincoln South Beltway will improve regional connectivity by creating an 11-mile east to west four-lane freeway south of Lincoln, linking Highway 77 and Nebraska Highway 2, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
The beltway is designed to reduce conflicts between local and through traffic, including heavy truck traffic.
Joining the governor in the announcement were Senators Curt Friesen, Suzanne Geist and Mike Hilgers along with Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler,
“This project has been a priority for Lincoln and Lancaster County for years,” Hilgers says, noting it’s “a big step forward to making the South Beltway a reality.”
NDOT’s Schneweis adds:
“This project provides the necessary capacity to the area to allow regional travelers an alternative route around Lincoln, reducing traffic through the city. The Lincoln South Beltway has been a project that has been well designed, discussed, and desired for many years. We are happy to be able to finally bring it to Nebraskans.”