- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Federal regulations and a drainage ditch have complicated efforts to expand part of U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska.

The Columbus Telegram reports (https://bit.ly/1i13P23 ) that the federal government has deemed the ditch between Rogers and Fremont as wetlands, which are protected under the U.S. Clean Water Act. The project is intended to expand the highway from two to four lanes.

Nebraska Department of Roads director Randy Peters says the state filed an appeal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but lost. He says the decision will require officials will have to rethink that segment of the project.

Peters says the state will likely move the highway’s new westbound lands farther north to avoid the ditch.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com


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