Highway bill could mean $300 million for Nebraska roads

Mar 14, 2012

The U.S. Senate has passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.

The measure is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House.  Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says if it’s signed in to law, Nebraska will receive about $300 million over the next two years. "What it will be is money that will go to the state highway department, the Department of Roads, and the highway commission on the priorities that have been established in Nebraska."

Nelson says the funding will pay for road construction and infrastructure improvements. He says it’s important to economic development and job creation.

His comments came Wednesday during Nelson’s weekly conference call with media.