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Nebraska receives $18.3 million grant for Heartland Expressway

This announcement moves forward another segment of the 2,300-mile corridor through the nine-state Ports-to-Plains Alliance region.

Currently, the portion of the project that is currently under construction is Junction L62A US 385 to Alliance. That leg of the project is expected to be completed by 2020 — which is the leg this grant is dedicated to. Following the completion of that leg, the next step will be construction on the stretch between Minatare and Angora Hill, which isn’t projected to begin until 2024.

Scottsbluff Star Herald

Nebraska has been selected as the recipient for an $18.3 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America.

This grant will be applied directly to the Heartland Expressway, specifically the corridor between Angora Hill and the Box Butte county line.

“I worked with Nebraskans — our state, local and community leaders — and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to bring this funding to our state,” said Sen. Deb Fischer in a press release announcing the grant. “This major investment, and several others announced today, will allow the Nebraska Department of Transportation to build and promote economic development that will grow Nebraska.”

The Heartland Expressway, a 500-mile stretch of highway connecting Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota, was originally brainstormed in the 1980s. Construction began in the 90s, and nearly 30 years later, the Panhandle is receiving work on its section of the Expressway,

“This announcement follows a historic commitment from the State of Nebraska to build the 21st-century infrastructure system we need to grow our state,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts in a press release Tuesday. “Along with Sen. Fischer’s Build Nebraska Act and our Transportation Innovation Act, this grant will help us fulfill Gov. Orr’s vision for expanding our state’s expressway system. I am pleased that the Trump Administration recognized the innovative approach by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) to modernize our infrastructure to improve safety and drive economic growth in rural Nebraska.”

“It (funding) helps to provide that certainty and demonstrate that it’s an idea that’s taken hold,” said Doug Hoevet, District 5 engineer with Nebraska Department of Transportation.

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