WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and chairman of the Transportation and Safety subcommittee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) announced a $7.56 million grant for the city of Blair, Nebraska, to construct a new bypass:

“It was a pleasure working with DoT to deliver this important infrastructure grant to the community of Blair. The Blair South Bypass is a vital project to address the city’s congestion and traffic safety. This has been a priority of mine, too, which is why I wrote in support of Blair’s application. The new bypass will serve as a much needed connection for regional traffic, improve safety, and foster continued economic development in the area.”

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BUILD grants are competitive grants used for the planning and construction of surface transportation projects that are of local or regional significance.

This project will construct a new connection between US 75 and the US 30 in Blair, Nebraska, to bypass the community's existing downtown. The proposed corridor will be a three-lane section, configured as a "Super 2" with passing lanes constructed in the uphill direction to reduce conflicts between passenger vehicles and trucks. The project will also construct a bicycle and pedestrian trail adjacent to the new roadway.