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Progress report on 6 segments of Nebraska's expressway system

Progress report on 6 segments of Nebraska's expressway system

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A pipe collapsed Tuesday morning south of the 36th Street intersection with Ponca Road. Traffic will be diverted for months as repairs are made.

The state has made some advancements in its long-planned expressway system.

Here is a look at recent progress on six segments of the expressway system in eastern Nebraska:

U.S. 275, Scribner to West Point. A contract was signed earlier this month to build three segments providing an 18.5-mile link between the two communities (Scribner North, $37.8 million, West Point South, $18.5 million, and West Point North and South, $26.9 million). Work on the southern portion will begin next month, the northern portion in the fall, and in between in summer 2022. A contract to build a bypass around Scribner is to be awarded this fall. It is all supposed to be done in 2024.

U.S. 275, West Point to near Stanton. The state has tried unsuccessfully, so far, to obtain federal money for a 16-mile segment from Stanton to Wisner. Planning has started for the Wisner to West Point segment. Federal money requested by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry would target this stretch.

U.S. 30, Rogers to Fremont. The segment from Rogers to North Bend is expected to be completed this summer. Work on grading and installing culverts on the section from North Bend to Fremont is underway. A second phase, to pave four lanes, is anticipated to be contracted this fall, with construction to start in spring 2022. Anticipated completion is in 2024.

U.S. 77, Fremont to Wahoo. Preliminary planning is underway. It has not been scheduled for construction.

U.S. 81, Columbus to York. Initial planning is about to start. It has not been scheduled for construction.

U.S. 75, from Plattsmouth to Nebraska City. Work on the Plattsmouth to Murray segment is expected to begin soon. Planning for the rest of the expressway to Nebraska City has not yet begun.


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