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Nebraska DOT Breaks Ground on US-30 Grand Island West

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), alongside Mayor Roger Steele of Grand Island, Mike Werner, Project Manager at Werner Construction, Inc., and Wes Wahlgren, Division Engineer of NDOT District 4, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the US-30 Grand Island West project. This significant event marks the start of a long-awaited highway expansion that includes the construction of a four-lane expressway and the realignment of existing roads to align with the proposed US-30 route.

NDOT enhances Nebraska’s expressway system by focusing on improving safety, connectivity, and economic development. This expansion was made possible through the support of the Build Nebraska Act and the Transportation Innovation Act.

NDOT Director Vicki Kramer highlighted the pivotal role of the state’s elected leaders supporting transportation initiatives. "The legislature's support of transportation is incredibly important. Without their support, we wouldn't be out here today," Kramer said during the groundbreaking ceremony, expressing gratitude to Senators Raymond Aguilar and Mike Moser.

She further noted the impact of the Build Nebraska Act, emphasizing its importance in ensuring that critical transportation projects are completed. During the 2023 Legislative Session, the governor’s leadership along with support in the Nebraska Legislature helped pass initiatives to improve NDOT's project delivery and construction, including extending the Build Nebraska Act through 2042.

Steele underscored the significance of the new roadway for the community. “This new roadway represents growth, progress, and a bright future for Grand Island," he said. "Our investment in the state's infrastructure is a testament to our commitment to the future."

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He also stressed the project’s focus on safety, a shared priority with NDOT. “Safety is at the forefront of this project, ensuring that both our residents and visitors can travel with greater peace of mind," Steele said. "The improvements will reduce congestion and the risk of accidents, making our roads safer for everyone.”

Kramer echoed the importance of safety, urging the public to remain vigilant. “Please continue to buckle up, put your phone down, and use every opportunity to talk to your friends and family about the safety of our roadways," she said. "Distracted driving is a real danger, and with more construction zones throughout the summer, we need to be diligent. Whether through construction measures or through education on the importance of road safety, let’s work together to make our roads safer.”

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