Nebraska legislator touts new highway

| 7/8/2005

If a Nebraska state lawmaker gets his way, a new four-lane highway would link the northeast and southwest corners of the state.

Sen. Joel Johnson of Kearney is promoting the plan, dubbed the “Snowbird Trail,” which he said could ultimately connect Minneapolis and Chicago with the southwestern United States.

Johnson told The Associated Press the highway could take advantage of road building planned or already complete in Iowa and Minnesota. Three four-lane highways now lead out of Sioux City, IA, while Minnesota is developing a four-lane route into Minneapolis-St. Paul.

In Nebraska, Johnson’s idea would depend on a four-lane highway being built between South Sioux City, Wayne and Norfolk.

Johnson is hopeful his idea will ultimately become a priority of the Nebraska Department of Roads, The AP reported.