Laura BerryOMAHA(KPTM)-Sick of hitting potholes? You may be in luck. Some of the most worn roads in Omaha are set to get some much needed fixes this year. Five Nebraska cities will be given money to spend on street repair in a partnership with the state to keep the roads up to date. For Omaha, that means six million dollars in unexpected funds to repair city roads.
Competition between contractors for state highway projects has led to more available funds."This past year, the State of Nebraska realized $21 million of cost savings as a result of the difference between engineering estimates and the actual bid prices," said Governor Dave Heineman at a Lincoln press conference this morning.
Those extra funds will go to different cities based on readiness and need. Mayor Jean Stothert announced Omaha will receive 6 million dollars, which will be used on eleven road projects. She said her top priority is the intersection of 90th and Dodge Street which she says sees more than 107,000 cars travel through each day. "You can imagine the wear and tear on the road and the need for repairs," said Stothert who added that these street repairs would not be possible in the near future without these extra funds.
Stothert says she hopes crews can get to work on 90th and Dodge as soon as July. Other sections of road which will also get some attention include:
Dodge from 68th-84th, 12th to 22nd, 84th to 102nd, 62nd to 68th
Farnam to Happy Hollow Boulevard
Turner Boulevard to 22nd and Dodge Street to Embassy Drive
Military Road will also be updated from 64th Street to 66th, and 66th to 67th with westbound 72nd to Fort and Eastbound 78th street to Fort also included.
Papillion,Lincoln,North Platte and Aurora will also get funding. Papillion will get one and a half million dollars.
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