The $400 million I-80 expansion project has finally come to completion after a decade-long effort, according to a report by JournalStar.com. From Omaha to Nebraska, the interstate has been widened to six lanes. The project was initiated in 2003.
While construction was still going on, motorists had to deal with concrete barriers, orange cones, and closed ramps. Now there will not only be clear roads, but also more room. Commute times along with safety should be improved for all Nebraskans who take I-80 on a regular basis.
The expansion project was originally conceived in the early 1990s when officials with the Roads Department discussed the bad conditions of the interstate’s pavement. It faced resistance from those who believed that funding for such an ambitious undertaking would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get. However, state officials recognized the need for more lanes due to increased traffic over recent years. Proponents of the expansion project worked with state congressional delegation to attain earmarks.
Funds accumulated slowly, but surely, and the $400 million goal was eventually met. The cost of the expansion project nearly equaled the cost of the interstate’s original construction.
A senior member of the Nebraska Highway Commission called the completion of the expansion project historic.
“It was very badly needed,” he said. “Everyone voted for it because they knew that was where all the traffic was between Lincoln and Omaha, and it would save a lot of lives and prevent a lot of accidents.”
We at the law firm of Cullan & Cullan, LLC commend the Road Department along with their partners for their amazing work on the expansion of the I-80. We hope to see significantly fewer motorists get hurt or killed as a result. However, when the worst does happen, our experienced Omaha motor vehicle accident attorneys who are also physicians are always available to help victims and their loved ones get the justice and compensation they deserve.