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.”
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.