Final hearings set for Nebraska roads-funding options

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two final legislative hearings are scheduled to hear input on ways to pay for Nebraska’s roads and bridges.

The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee is meeting on Tuesday in Bellevue and Thursday in Lincoln as part of its study of the state’s highway system, bridges and city streets.

Nebraska lawmakers voted earlier this year to increase the state fuel tax, but some have argued that it won’t be enough to address the state’s infrastructure needs. Local economic development groups are also pushing for the completion of highway projects that have languished in their areas for years.

The Nebraska Department of Roads has also created a task force that will look at transportation issues and how they can benefit the state economy.

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