Five Cities Get Extra Road Funds

LINCOLN  (AP) - Five Nebraska cities will receive $11.5 million in additional state roads funding due to unexpectedly low contractor bids on earlier projects. The money will go to Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion, North Platte and Aurora in fiscal year 2015, which starts July 1. Gov. Dave Heineman said Thursday that last year's bids were $21 million lower than engineering estimates. Omaha will receive $6 million to repair and maintain state highways, while the Lincoln area will get $2.5 million. Papillion will receive $1.5 million, North Platte will receive $1.1 million and Aurora will receive $400,000. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says the funding will free up city money for neighborhood streets. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says local funding by itself has only allowed his city to upgrade 39 of its 1,200 miles of road.