Lincoln is getting its long-awaited wish for an accelerated South Beltway.
Nebraska State Senators approved authorizing a new financing process that will reduce the beltway’s completion time from eight to three years.
Sponsor Lincoln State Senator Mike Hilgers tells KLIN News it will have a major impact on the whole city.
Senator Hillgers says that it will increase safety, increase economic development and growth for the city. He says that it will also reduce the cost of the project by reducing the construction time.
The four-lane expressway would link U.S. 77 and Nebraska Highway 2. The beltway’s main goal is to divert truck traffic that now travels off Highway 2 through Lincoln.
The proposal is expected to be signed by Governor Ricketts.