Gov. Ricketts Praises Federal Grant for US 75 from Murray to Plattsmouth
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a segment of US Highway 75 (US 75) has been selected to receive a competitive $20 million federal grant to assist in the funding of the project. The grant is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.
“This announcement builds on Nebraska’s historic commitment to building the 21st-century infrastructure we need to grow our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “Along with our Transportation Innovation Act, this grant will help us fulfill the vision for expanding our state’s expressway system. I am pleased that the Trump Administration continues to support the innovative work of the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) to modernize our infrastructure by approving our grant application.”
The segment of US 75 selected for BUILD grant funding would reconstruct 6.83 miles of US 75 and US Highway 34 (US 34) between Murray and Plattsmouth. The existing two-lane roadway would be replaced with a four-lane expressway. Plans to improve US 75 in Nebraska can be traced as far back as the 1970s, when regional leaders determined that a four-lane rural expressway/freeway was needed from Nebraska City to Omaha. The Nebraska Legislature solidified this commitment in 1988 by approving the development of a statewide expressway system. The Murray to Plattsmouth Project is currently funded for construction under the first 10 years of the Build Nebraska Act.
“The expansion of US 75 to a four lane expressway will reduce congestion, improve reliability of the transportation system, promote economic development and expand mobility on a key regional corridor,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “The state is always striving to find innovative ways to balance needs while making record investments in infrastructure. Today’s announcement further cements our commitment to Nebraska and we will continue to deliver the infrastructure needed to support continued growth.”
To compete for BUILD grant funding, projects needed to display a wide range of support from local, regional, state, and federal officials, as well as private sector partners. 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; Congressman Jeff Fortenberry; State Senator Rob Clements; State Senator Curt Friesen; City of Plattsmouth; Cass County Board of Commissioners; Cass County Economic Development Council; Cass County Tourism; Omaha Public Power District; and Southeast Community College.