WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Nebraska will receive an $18.3 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Heartland Expressway. U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), the chairman of the Senate Surface Transportation Subcommittee, released the following statement: 

“The Heartland Expressway is a critical infrastructure project for Nebraska families, especially for our agriculture producers delivering products to market and rural residents. I worked with Nebraskans – our state, local, and community leaders – and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to bring this funding to our state. This major investment, and several others announced today, will allow the Nebraska Department of Transportation to build and promote economic development that will grow Nebraska.” 

The Nebraska Department of Transportation will receive funds to convert an approximately 14.6-mile segment of US 385 from the existing two-lane highway into a four-lane divided highway.

Other grants announced by DOT today include: $2.4 million for runway projects at Beatrice Municipal Airport, $67,000 to update a state system plan study in Lincoln, and $897,341 for a runway project at Aurora Municipal Airport. 

Senator Fischer welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to Nebraska in August 2017. During her visit, Secretary Chao heard from Nebraska transportation stakeholders about infrastructure and the need for regulatory reform.