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I-80 project from Lincoln to Omaha nearly done

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Ten years after workers began widening Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln, all six lanes will be open to traffic later this week.

It's an exciting time for drivers who frequently use the corridor.


"Lot of people in Lincoln work in Omaha, a lot of people in Omaha work in Lincoln.  It's worth it definitely; opened up a lot of jobs for people," Randall Trip said.

Tripp says his company hauled a lot of the material used in the decade-long, $400 million project.

"Opening it up will be a relief for a lot of people, not just for truckers, but for cars.  People will love it," Tripp said.

Others agree.

"Be nice be able to go 75 the whole way, not have to cut down to 55 for that construction," David Nicholas of Lincoln said.


The final stretch between Waverly, Neb., and the 56th Street exit in Lincoln will open on Friday.

State Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says that after this week, the speed limit for most of the stretch between Lincoln and Omaha will be 75 mph.

The project widened 42 miles of the interstate in phases over the past decade with federal funding paying most of the cost.

Eventually the roads department expects to widen I-80 between Lincoln and York to six lanes, but that project hasn't been funded and likely won't begin for at least several years.


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