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A $20 million federal grant will help expand a two-lane road between Murray and Plattsmouth to four lanes.

A segment of U.S. 75 has been selected to receive a competitive grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program, according to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The segment of highway selected would reconstruct 6.83 miles of U.S. 75 and U.S. 34. The existing two-lane roadway would be replaced with a four-lane expressway.

Plans to improve U.S. 75 can be traced as far back as the 1970s, when regional leaders determined a four-lane rural expressway/freeway was needed from Nebraska City to Omaha.

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“The expansion of U.S. 75 to a four-lane expressway will reduce congestion, improve reliability of the transportation system, promote economic development and expand mobility on a key regional corridor,” said Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis in a news release Thursday.

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Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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