By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
After months of construction and years of debate, traffic is finally moving along the new Cherry Avenue Interstate 80 exit in Kearney.
The long awaited ribbon cutting ceremony drew many state and local officials earlier this morning making it a great day for the city of Kearney.
Sen. Galen Hadley said, "I've been working on this project as a citizen, as a councilman, as a mayor and as a state senator and it's a thrilling day."
"Kearney needed it, deserved it, worked for it so it's just a great day," said the senator.
Plans for the exit have been ongoing since the 1990's and while the exit is a big step it's the first phase in a line of many.
"The next phase is going to be from Eleventh north across from Highway 30 and they'll add a separation there and that will be phase two. Phase three is to finish it up to 78th Avenue and then it will intersect with the highway north out of Kearney," he said.
The addition of the interchange will now allow more easy access to and around Kearney and provide more efficient travel from a state economic standpoint.