I-80 project between Lincoln and Omaha nearly done

Nov 5, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ten years after workers began widening Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln all six lanes will be open to traffic later this week.

The final stretch of the $400 million project between Waverly, Neb., and the 56th Street exit in Lincoln will open on Friday.

State Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie says 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.

Eventually the roads department expects to widen I-80 between Lincoln and York to six lanes, but that project hasn't been funded and likely won't begin for at least several years.

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