By: Lauren Fabrizi
Lincoln is getting much–needed financial help from the state for road repairs.
Gov. Dave Heineman said in the past year, Nebraska saved $21 million from the difference between engineering estimates and the actual bid prices for state highway road projects.
A portion of that was allocated to road projects in Lincoln and Omaha last year. Now, the remaining $11.5 million will go toward new projects in Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, North Platte and Aurora.
"The cost savings will be passed along through agreements made statewide to allocate funds for various highway maintenance projects," Gov. Heineman said.
Here in Lincoln, those projects include repairing and resurfacing important entry ways like Highway 2, Cornhusker Highway, Sun Valley Boulevard and East and West O Street.
"These entry ways are obviously a first impression for many people coming into the city of Lincoln," Mayor Chris Beutler said. "So it's especially helpful that we have funding to repair these particular streets."
Mayor Beutler said Lincoln has 1,200 miles of roads, and has only been able to repair 39 of those in the past three years, using local funds.
He said the additional state funding will help change that.
Shoemaker's Travel Center is located in one of the specified areas for road maintenance. Owner Dave Shoemaker said repairs there are definitely needed.
"Our intersection with our additional truck traffic has kind of taken a beating," Shoemaker said. "So we'd look forward to some work on the intersection."
Mayor Beutler said he's not sure when each project will begin. But they are scheduled for the 2014–2015 fiscal year, beginning in July.