Mayor proposes $56.2 million transportation budget

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

Mayor Beutler says Lincoln needs to continue to make that progress to address the rate the city is growing.

He hopes his proposed city budget will help accommodate the fast paced expansion.

Mayor Beutler presented his proposed budget for transportation and infrastructure Wednesday.

He hopes his 56–point–2 million dollar plan for 2016 to 17 will accommodate fast paced expansion.

The plan includes building the South Beltway that connects Highway 77 to Highway 2 in South Lincoln, more than $15 million in repairs to major roads, and another $5.4 million to residential streets.

Beutler says the city’s investment into streets has increased 58 percent since 2010, and the construction will continue as Lincoln expands.

The south side of the city has seen tremendous growth, so much that Mayor Beutler announced all major roads will see more improvements in the next six years.

Those investments have also advanced the time frame for some other major projects.

The West A Street project has moved up a year and will start in 2019.

Construction in North Lincoln along 33rd Street from Holdrege to Madison will start in 2017, and work on 48th Street will be completed in 2018.

Beutler also says his budget includes making improvements to Star Tran that will allow later service and more frequent bus arrivals.

Wednesday’s press conference was just part one of a three part proposal of the budget for 2016-18.

Part two will be presented Thursday.

The budget is not final, Beutler will propose it to City Council next Monday.