Chamber Praises NDOT For Roads Agreement


Chamber Praises NDOT For Roads Agreement

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Nebraska Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration on the recent Memorandum of Understanding reached between the two entities, relating to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) agreement.

The Chamber also recognizes and congratulates Senator Mike Hilgers of Lincoln, who introduced legislation that made this streamlined environmental process possible, in addition to Senator Suzanne Geist of Lincoln, who prioritized this bill in the Unicameral.

“The Chamber supported this legislation because it was such a clear, common-sense approach to doing the business of the state. The projected savings of up to $20 million annually is a bonus for our road needs,” according to Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Bohrer.

Governor Pete Ricketts was joined by NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis, FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson and FHWA Division Administrator Joe Werning at a signing ceremony at the state capital on Wednesday morning. The NEPA Assignment will also accelerate and lessen the time required for project delivery regarding federally funded transportation projects.

Back in July, Governor Ricketts announced a record investment of $600 million for 2019 NDOT projects across the state, including portions of Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 275 and portions of U.S. Route 77 outside of Lincoln. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is excited and hopeful that the state will continue to prioritize these road improvement projects as they are vital to the infrastructure needs of not only our members and their businesses, but every Nebraskan as well.