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U.S. 77 traffic signal at Saltillo Road to go dark later this month

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The Lincoln South Beltway is a 4-lane freeway under construction near the city of Lincoln, NE. It will eventually link US Highway 77 in the west and Nebraska Highway 2 in the east. The project is being built by Hawkins construction and is being substantially funded by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Construction began in March of 2020, and is scheduled to be open to traffic in April of 2023. In this video, you can see that traffic has been diverted onto the new Saltillo Road bridge over US-77. Additionally, US-77 traffic has been diverted onto the permanent southbound lanes. The 54th Street bridge has also been opened to traffic, and the bridge decks at 27th St and Nebraska Parkway have been poured!

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State transportation officials said construction at the U.S. 77 interchange with the new South Beltway has progressed to the point that the traffic signal at Saltillo Road can be removed.

Weather permitting, officials said the signal will go dark Aug. 15, at which point southbound U.S. 77 traffic will access Saltillo Road by following a designated crossover to the new permanent exit ramp.

Traffic bound for southbound U.S. 77 will follow the permanent ramp extending south from the new Saltillo Road roundabout at Shrine Way.

For now, U.S. 77 traffic through the new interchange will continue to flow in single lanes. But removal of the traffic signal and the temporary Saltillo Road intersection will allow construction to move forward on the permanent traffic lanes that will eventually connect U.S. 77 with the new expressway.

The 11-mile-long connection with Nebraska 2 southeast of Lincoln — long pitched as a way to keep big-rig traffic from clogging a main artery through the city — will open by May 1 of next year.

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