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November 24, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

City Receives More Than $7 Million In Federal Funds For Antelope Valley And South Beltway

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that two major Lincoln municipal projects have together received more than $6 million in federal funds from the recently approved federal spending bill.

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson informed Mayor Seng that $3 million had been approved for street and bridge transportation projects in the Antelope Valley flood control project. These funds are earmarked specifically for the Antelope Valley flood control and street projects and cannot be used for any other purpose.

Just as important, Senator Nelson also announced that $3 million was approved for the four-lane South Beltway project. The beltway corridor is about one-half mile south of Saltillo Road. The funds, which will actually go to the Nebraska Department of Roads specifically for the South Beltway project, will be used to complete the design and continue the acquisition of right of way. When built, the South Beltway will reduce truck traffic congestion within the City by re-routing long-haul semi-truck traffic from Highway 2 to Highway 77 on the south side of Lincoln.

In addition, U.S. Representative Lee Terry notified the City of Lincoln that $500,000 was appropriated for continuation of the Antelope Valley flood control channel being built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“These funds will be very important in moving these projects along,” said Mayor Seng. “The Antelope Valley transportation funds will go primarily toward the construction of the large overpass and street about to be constructed near the Devaney Center. The flood channel funds will continue the ongoing construction of the flood channel and help ensure the two projects continue to be built simultaneously to save money.”

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s office separately notified the City that $650,000 has been approved for improvements to the City’s wastewater treatment plants and related infrastructure.

The funds were included as part of the fiscal year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report that Congress approved last weekend.

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