If you’ve traveled to Omaha in the last ten years, you’ve no doubt found yourself using some choice four-letter words when you hit the construction in between Lincoln and Omaha. Good news…it’s almost done!
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), all six lanes of Interstate 80 between Nebraska’s two largest cities will be open to traffic by Friday.
The final portion of the project, which cost $400 million, between Waverly and the 56th Street exit in Lincoln will be completed this week.
NDOR spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie told the Associated Press that after this week, the speed limit for most of the stretch between Lincoln and Omaha will be 75 mph.
The project widened 42 miles of the interstate in phases over the past decade with federal funding paying most of the cost.
NDOR plans to widen I-80 between Lincoln and York to six lanes, but the project hasn’t been funded and likely won’t begin for several years.