Pillen wants to spend more money on roads

WEST POINT --- At the Highway 275 project groundbreaking Wednesday, gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen showed up in support. While he was there, Pillen shared with NCN his concerns about how slow the project took. If he was governor, he said, he would invest in more roads. 

"I'm a fiscal republican but [...] we can't take another 30 years to build a roadway," Pillen said.

Current Governor Pete Ricketts attributed the delays to permit-related issues with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in addition to flooding in 2019.

The U.S. Highway 275 expansion project would widen the roadway into four lanes from Scribner to West Point.

Construction is already underway.

The Department of Transportation said at any time during the project, at least two lanes will always be open.