Governor Pete Ricketts and Department of Roads Director Kyle Schneweis were in Scottsbluff today to highlight the new infrastructure priorities identified by the department, including the two major Heartland Expressway projects.
Ricketts says the importance of completing the Heartland expressway has been enthusiastically voiced by panhandle supporters for some time and was verified in public priority meetings and studies done by the DOR. Ricketts says the Heartland Expressway is crucial as the state expands its three major industries: agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.
Widening Highway 26 to 4 lanes from Minatare to Highway 385 is one of 8 long-delayed highway projects getting construction funds under the new Transportation Act. Design money has also been earmarked from the legislation for upgrading Highway 385 from Alliance to Chadron to “Super 2” status with wider lanes and more-frequent passing lanes.