Long Time Coming US-275 Expansion Project Breaks Ground

Long Time Coming US-275 Expansion Project Breaks Ground
Courtesy of NDOT. Standing behind Governor Pete Ricketts at the podium (l to r) is Tim Gerhardt, President of Koss Construction, Matt Tondl, Senior Vice President HDR, Bruce Schlect, West Point Mayor and John Selmer, NDOT Director.

WEST POINT – A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held in a northeast Nebraska community to celebrate the start of construction to expand approximately 18.5 miles of
U.S. Highway 275 (US-275).

According to a release from the Department of Transportation, this two-lane highway will transition to a four-lane divided expressway from Scribner to West Point, Nebraska.

Once construction of this segment is complete in 2024, 91 of the 115 miles, which will be nearly 80% of the US-275 Norfolk to Omaha Expressway, will be constructed as a four-lane divided expressway. This will provide greater mobility and connectivity for the region.

At the ceremony on Wednesday, NDOT elected officials and project partners spoke about how the US-275 Scribner–West Point Expressway will improve the quality of life for Nebraskans.

The immediate benefits will showcase commuters and freight traffic who’ll realize when construction is complete. Safety is the number one priority and this four-lane expressway will provide a safer and more convenient transportation option. NDOT officials are thrilled that the hard work and dedication of staff and project partners has culminated in construction.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was in attendance as he highlighted the importance of US-275 to the Nebraska economy. This stretch serves as a vital link to the region’s steelmakers, manufacturers, meat processors, cattle feeders, farmers and small businesses in northeast Nebraska as the expanded expressway will reduce travel times for residents and support the state’s continued growth.

West Point Mayor Bruce Schlecht also emphasized the increased connectivity between communities. This project has been a long time coming and northeast Nebraska commuters are excited to celebrate that it is finally moving forward. This will increase capacity, provide connectivity, and support economic growth along a key roadway connecting northeast Nebraska communities to the state’s urban hub, according to Schlecht.

More information on the US-275 Scribner – West Point project can be found at:
https://dot.nebraska.gov/projects/highlighted-projects/us-275/

 

NDOT officials will also plan to work on N-13, northwest of Pierce, weather permitting on Monday, July 19. Constructors Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska, has the $1,830,000 contract. Work includes concrete repair in Pierce and asphalt overlay from the northwest edge of Pierce to the N-13/N-121 intersection.

Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in and near work zones, to buckle up and to put phones down.

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