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Gov. Ricketts Announces Grant for Lincoln South Beltway

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Lincoln South Beltway project has been selected to receive a competitive $25 million federal grant to assist in the funding of the project.  The grant is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.


“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. 


In order to be considered for this grant funding, projects needed to display considerable local and state support.  As part of NDOT’s application, letters of support were submitted by local and state elected officials and organizations including:  Governor Pete Ricketts; United States Senator Deb Fischer; City of Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler; State Senators Roy Baker, Kate Bolz, Curt Friesen, and Adam Morfeld; Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; Lincoln Independent Business Association; Home Builders Association of Lincoln; and American Council of Engineering Companies – Nebraska.


The Lincoln South Beltway application was one of three different project applications that were submitted by the state.


Since the TIGER grant program was first created, $5.1 billion has been awarded for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure over eight rounds of competitive grants.  TIGER grants have historically achieved, on average, co-investment of 3.6 dollars (including other Federal, State, local, private and philanthropic funds) for every TIGER dollar invested.