The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is developing the Highway 75 Corridor & Freight Strategy.
Since the mid-1950s, there has been a long history of investigating potential alignments of the U.S. Highway 75 corridor. Most recently, there has been continued interest in addressing the need for an improved connection between the North Freeway, the Storz Expressway, and I-680, while also mitigating the community impacts of the current Highway 75 alignment along 30th Street. In 2019, the Nebraska Legislature approved funds for MAPA to conduct a study that will assess potential transportation and economic options in the study area.
The Highway 75 Corridor & Freight Strategy study is a high-level analysis that will identify feasible, planning-level concepts that meet study mobility, safety, and community goals. This study will provide a unique opportunity for residents, businesses, and the wider Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to identify transportation alternatives that meet a variety of needs, including mobility, safety, accessibility, the movement of freight, economics, and neighborhood livability. Highway 75, which is also known as 30th Street within the study area, is an important component of Omaha’s transportation network that moves thousands of vehicles each day. In addition to moving passenger and commuter traffic, this stretch of highway also is a crucial conduit for thousands of tons of freight as it moves in, out, and through the Omaha metro area.
The study kicked off in August 2021 with a data collection phase, which included a land use review, traffic and safety analysis, and environmental and historic resources review. The study will then transition to an alternatives identification, development, and refinement phase. This phase will also include a feasibility and community impact assessment. Stakeholder and public insight is and will continue to be a critical component for guiding the study team through this process.