State, Local Officials Celebrate Fremont Southeast Beltway Project Progress
Schemmer's Steve Kathol, PE, SE, President and CEO; Shane Swope, PE; and stakeholders for the Fremont Southeast Beltway came together on Monday, April 26, 2021 to listen to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director John Selmer, Fremont Mayor Joey Spellerberg, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and representatives from Lincoln Premium Poultry and Graham Construction give brief statements and celebrate the early progress of the Fremont Southeast Beltway project.
NDOT noted that crews are making solid time on building the new four-lane divided expressway on the south side of Fremont, Nebraska in Dodge County. Work began in July 2020 and is scheduled to complete in 2023.
"This is tremendous and something to feel good about," Selmer said.
Project aims to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion
NDOT published a rendering designed by Schemmer, showing how the completed road will work. Project leaders said the goal is to streamline truck traffic heading to major Fremont plants and factories while letting other drivers get to where they need to go safely.
Ricketts spoke to the crowd gathered on the new roundabout serving Downing Streets.
"I think it's really an exciting project and I'm so pleased to see how involved the Fremont community has been in this," he said.
Facilitating future economic growth in the area
He commended city government, Dodge County and major key employers in the area for investing the majority of the $62 million needed for the project.
"Those are the folks who are going to be benefitting from this, so this is a really innovative way that shows great community involvement that is a model for the rest of the state," Ricketts said. "That's why I think this is the type of model we should be looking at, and not going down the road of bonding."
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