$2.6 million to go towards Nebraska roads


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In February of 2023, Nebraska receives $2.6 million dollar grant to go toward road improvement and reduction of traffic fatalities. Lincoln, along with eight other cities receives grant to plan for improvement.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Nebraska will receive a $2.6 million grant to better roads and reduce traffic fatalities.

On February 1st, Pete Buttigeg, U.S. transportation secretary, announced that through the Safe Streets for all Grant Program, $800 million will go towards 510 projects aimed to improve roads nationwide. The city of Lincoln is one of eight Nebraska applicants that have received planning grants for road safety and improvement. The other seven include:
City of Beatrice
City of Madison
City of Norfolk
City of North Platte
City of Sidney
City of Waverly
Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

The improvements made nationwide will take place over a span of 5 years, with another $1.1 billion grant being released in April 2023.

“Every year, crashes cost tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy; we face a national emergency on our roadways, and it demands urgent action,” Buttigieg said.

Izzy Marfisi, Lincoln East junior, is eager for the road improvements to come.

“I get really nervous to drive to school because the roads are so bad,” Marfisi said. “I’m excited for this new grant because it will put me at ease knowing that I’m driving on safer roads.”

With these new grants, our nation and community has much to look forward to.

“We are proud that these grants will directly support hundreds of communities as they prepare steps that are proven to make roadways safer and save lives,” Buttigieg said.