WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, the chairman of the Surface Transportation Subcommittee, today welcomed the announcement from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that Nebraska will receive a $25 million grant for the construction of a new expressway, the Lincoln South Beltway. 

“The Lincoln South Beltway project will have an incredibly positive impact on our families and communities for years to come. With this new grant, the state of Nebraska will be able to build a brand new expressway, which will alleviate traffic and increase safety for Nebraskans, especially those in the Lincoln area. I was pleased to work closely with state and local leaders to secure the grant for this priority project,” said Senator Fischer.

“The highly competitive TIGER program recognizes projects that will have a significant impact on a region, metropolitan areas, or our country as a whole,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Lincoln South Beltway project will create a new east-west expressway located south of Lincoln in Lancaster County. The four-lane expressway will divert freight trucks from the local transportation network, which will help increase safety and mobility in local travel. Click here to read more about the Lincoln South Beltway.

Senator Fischer welcomed Secretary Chao to Nebraska in August 2017. Chao traveled the state to hear from Nebraska transportation stakeholders and listen to their concerns and suggestions related to infrastructure and regulatory reform.