Good news comes out of bad news in Highway 275 project

January 5, 2019 GMT

NORFOLK - The Highway 275 project is still on the front burner of the Nebraska Department of Transportation even though there has been a delay.

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning said he and Dirk Petersen, chairman of the 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska coalition recently met with the director of the state transportation department, Kyle Schneweis to talk about the 275 project.

Moenning said last summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to get involved and required a federal Environmental Impact Statement since there’s more than 100 acres of wetlands along the Scribner to West Point segment.

He said with that snag the NDOT decided to put their focus on the west side, Norfolk to West Point since the east portion could take up to two years to complete before the start of construction.

“In the recent meeting the most encouraging news received is that the state is focusing on the Norfolk to West Point side. They just released a request for qualifications for design and environmental work. They will begin and initiate that portion of the 275 project as soon as possible.”

Moenning said they need to keep reminding public officials that the highway expansion is a long overdue promise to Northeast Nebraskans.