Governor Ricketts to Announce New Roads, Expressway Construction Priorities

Today, the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor will travel the state to unveil new infrastructure priorities identified by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). 


U.S. Senator Deb Fischer will travel with the Governor for Friday’s events.  Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will join the announcement tour for both days.  Additionally, State Senators Jim Smith of Papillion and Lydia Brasch of Bancroft will appear in Lincoln and West Point respectfully.


Over the last several months, NDOR has held public input events to identify new infrastructure priorities to receive funding from the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) and the Transportation Innovation Act (TIA).  The BNA, championed by Senator Fischer during her time in the Unicameral, set aside a quarter cent of existing Nebraska sales tax revenues for roads construction.  The TIA, one of Governor Ricketts’ top legislative priorities in 2016, commits funding to complete the expressway system originally envisioned by Governor Orr.  The projects announced at these events will be funded by the BNA and the TIA.  


At each stop, Governor Ricketts and others will deliver brief comments highlighting the new project priorities.  The public is invited to attend any of the following stops.


Thursday, September 22

9:00 a.m.          Lincoln News Conference, Governor’s Hearing Room, Nebraska State Capitol, LINCOLN


Note: The Lincoln news conference will be livestreamed.  Click here to watch.


3:00 p.m.          Remarks, Rural Futures Regional Forum, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT


3:30 p.m.          Media Availability, Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue, WEST POINT


Friday, September 23

10:45 a.m.        Remarks, League of Nebraska Municipalities Conference, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY


11:15 a.m.        Media Availability, Holiday Inn, 110 S. 2nd Avenue, KEARNEY


2:00 p.m.          North Platte News Conference, State Patrol Building, 300 West South River Road, NORTH PLATTE

Travel Not Advised

The Nebraska Department of Roads is currently pulling its plows from all highways in District Three at this time due to extremely low visibility.

Blowing and drifting snow is making the roads impassable. This is a life threatening storm. Travel is not advised.

The Nebraska State Patrol is advising all troopers to shelter in place where they can due to the extreme road conditions.

We are currently working a single vehicle fatality accident just south of Macy on highway #75 and an injury accident in Columbus. Travel is not recommended and extremely dangerous at this time.

Work to Begin on Highway N-94 East of Walthill

Weather permitting, construction work is scheduled to begin the week of April 20, on the North Blackbird Creek bridge, located on Highway N-94, east of Walthill, according to the Department of Roads. Highway N-94 will be closed on April 20, between Highway US-77 and Highway US-75, during the bridge deck replacement. Traffic will be detoured on Highway US-77 and Highway US-75. Anticipated completion date is fall of 2015.

Visit the 511 webpage at or dial 511 or 800-906-9069 to get the most current updates on highway conditions.

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