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August 15, 2013
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Thomas Shafer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-525-5644
Mary Jo Oie, NDOR, 402-479-4512

State Proposes $5.7 Million Investment on Highway Improvements in Lincoln

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) plans to invest over $3.1 million in the State Highway system within Lincoln's City limits during 2013 and 2014. With another $2.6 million possible in 2015, about $5.7 million will be used to improve over 32 miles of highways in the City.

"The City maintains over 1,200 miles of streets, and over the last three years, we've only been able to improve 39 miles," Mayor Beutler said. "This large investment by the State will help to stretch existing local funds used in pavement preservation and repair City-wide. I want to thank NDOR central and district offices for partnering with our City Public Works and Utilities Department to fund these needed improvements."

About $4.5 million came from the $21 million the NDOR saved through the competitive bidding process on State-wide highway construction projects. Earlier, NDOR and the City of Omaha announced that $12.4 million would potentially be used in the Omaha area. Omaha has 574 State highway lane miles compared to 211 in Lincoln. The remaining funding for Lincoln ($1.28 million) will come through the District Engineer's annual operations maintenance budget. This funding can only be used on pavement preservation and maintenance projects on State highways, links and spurs within the City limits.

"The City used its pavement management system along with input from State maintenance forces to determine how to get the best bang for the buck," said Miki Esposito, Director of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. "Spending $1 in preventative maintenance now can save between $8 and $15 in more costly repair work later. These improvements will benefit motorists and taxpayers in general."

More information on the planned improvements will be available on the City website,, in the near future.

Project List

Work done during the 2013 construction season:

Projects planned for the 2014 and/or 2015 construction seasons:

Other NDOR State Highway work proposed within City limits:

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