Four lanes Nebraska: survey set for summer

The days of getting stuck behind tractors on your way to Omaha could soon be behind you.

For over thirty years, residents of Northeast Nebraska have been pushing to transform Highway 275 from two lanes to four  to help alleviate congestion along the drive to Nebraska’s biggest city.

Board member for Wisner Community Development, Alan Harms, says “everybody looks for efficient and safe transportation, and people are so much more mobile today than they were thirty years ago when this project was talked about.  And we’re thinking that people might be living here and working in Norfolk, or vice versa.”

The Four Lanes Nebraska initiative started way back in 1988 and will take a big step this Summer as the Department of Transportation conducts surveys in the area between Wisner and Norfolk.

“The Highway 275 expansion project is going to come to fruition,” Harms says. “We understand that surveying is going to begin this summer, and that’s just a real positive note for not only people in Wisner, but all over Northeast Nebraska.”

The project could lead to some displacements, and has mixed effects on businesses in the area, but Harms believes everyone will benefit when it’s completed.

“I think if people are unaware of the project…take a drive down 275 and you’ll see for yourself.”

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