Gov. Ricketts to Announce New Roads, Expressway Construction Priorities
Contact: Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970
Sen. Fischer, former Gov. Orr to join the September 22-23 announcement tour
LINCOLN – Today, the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor will travel the state to unveil new infrastructure priorities identified by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR).
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer will travel with the Governor for Friday’s events. Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will join the announcement tour for both days. Additionally, State Senators Jim Smith of Papillion and Lydia Brasch of Bancroft will appear in Lincoln and West Point respectfully.
Over the last several months, NDOR has held public input events to identify new infrastructure priorities to receive funding from the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) and the Transportation Innovation Act (TIA). The BNA, championed by Senator Fischer during her time in the Unicameral, set aside a quarter cent of existing Nebraska sales tax revenues for roads construction. The TIA, one of Governor Ricketts’ top legislative priorities in 2016, commits funding to complete the expressway system originally envisioned by Governor Orr. The projects announced at these events will be funded by the BNA and the TIA.
At each stop, Governor Ricketts and others will deliver brief comments highlighting the new project priorities. The public is invited to attend any of the following stops.
Thursday, September 22
9:00 a.m. Lincoln News Conference, Governor’s Hearing Room, Nebraska State Capitol, LINCOLN
3:00 p.m. Remarks, Rural Futures Regional Forum, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT
3:30 p.m. Media Availability, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT
Friday, September 23
10:45 a.m. Remarks, League of Nebraska Municipalities Conference, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY
11:15 a.m. Media Availability, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY
2:00 p.m. North Platte News Conference, State Patrol Building, 300 West South River Road, NORTH PLATTE