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City leaders in Norfolk, NE advocate for Highway 275 expansion

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -

Getting from point A to point B isn't always as efficient when you're traveling on a two-lane road instead of a four-lane highway.

That's why city leaders in Norfolk, Nebraska keep pushing for the expansion of Highway 275.

Friday, City Administrator Shane Weidner stated his case before the Nebraska State Highway Commission in South Sioux City.

He said Highway 275 is a major corridor for Norfolk and all of the communities in between there and Omaha.

There are still 50 miles that he wants to see changed in to four-lanes between Scribner and Norfolk.

Weidener says he's hoping the commission will support the project in the long-term because as of now, it's not in the first phase of the Build Nebraska Act.

Transportation officials said this act is a 20-year funding mechanism that uses a quarter cent of the sales tax for road construction.

"Currently, it is not in the first phase of the Build Nebraska Act, but we're really hoping we can get it in the second phase of the Build Nebraska Act. So, we can get the funding available to complete that project. It started. It's needed for the state and it's ready to go," Weidner said.

District three engineer Kevin Domogalla said within the next couple of years, they'll know if the Highway 275 expansion will be included in the second phase.

He's hopeful about the project, but he said there are many others it will be up against.

"I do think it has a good chance, but once again, it's going to be ranked statewide with all of the projects that are required across the state," Domogalla said.

City leaders in Norfolk urge the public to get their voices heard on this expansion by contacting the Department of Roads their local legislators about the issue.

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