New Nebraska task force to focus on transportation issues

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Department of Roads has created a new state task force that will look at transportation issues and how they can benefit the state economy.

The department announced Wednesday that the 19-member group will explore new ways to approach the state roads system. Task force members will review how the public and private sectors can work together, among other possible changes.

The group includes city and county officials, scholars, business leaders and state Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion, chairman of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.

Gov. Pete Ricketts says fiscal responsibility will be the state’s guiding principle for roads development. Department Director Kyle Schneweis says the task force will look at roads issues from a variety of viewpoints before deciding which approaches make the most sense.

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