SCRIBNER – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for the public’s input on an environmental impact statement for the proposed Highway 275 expansion between West Point and Scribner.
The USACE, along with the Nebraska Department of Transportation, held an informational meeting in Scribner on Thursday about why an EIS is necessary for the project. The goal of the EIS is to determine what impacts the project will have on the surrounding environment, as segments will be built on an existing federally authorized levee.
Officials from both organizations encouraged community members to ask questions on the EIS, as any comments could be used for consideration in its initial development. A preliminary draft of the EIS isn’t expected until next year, with a final draft estimated for completion in 2020.
The proposed highway expansion calls for a four-lane expressway to be created along an approximately 20-mile segment between Scribner and West Point. The project will also contain a bypass around Scribner which will follow the existing Pebble Creek Levee for approximately three miles.