Nebraska to complete Lincoln South Beltway project ahead of schedule

In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts joined lawmakers and the Nebraska Department of Transportation Director (NDOT) Kyle Schneweis to announce an expedited construction schedule that will allow the Lincoln South Beltway to be open to traffic by the end of 2022.

Previously, construction was anticipated to take up to eight years to complete. With this new approach, the NDOT will begin construction in 2020 and traffic will be underway on the Lincoln South Beltway by the end of 2022, officials say.

The Lincoln South Beltway will improve regional connectivity by creating an 11-mile east to west four-lane freeway south of Lincoln, linking Highway 77 and Nebraska Highway 2, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The beltway is designed to reduce conflicts between local and through traffic, including heavy truck traffic.