Economist finds expanding Nebraska's 2-lane Hwy 275 could reap millions for state economy

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A new study says completing a road expansion project between Omaha and Norfolk could save lives and churn out millions of dollars, but the project is more than a decade behind schedule.

Creighton economics professor Ernie Goss said Wednesday that expanding a 47-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 275 from two to four lanes would save the state more than $145 million per year and support more than 1,315 jobs.

Goss says expanding the road would increase safety, reduce commute times, and stimulate growth in the manufacturing, metals production and cattle operations along the corridor.

The project would cost $186 million in construction and is part of about 100 uncompleted miles of Nebraska's 1988 planned expressway system.

The industry group 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska commissioned the study.

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