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Aurora, North Platte Among Cities to Receive Additional Roads Funding

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Five Nebraska cities including Aurora and North Platte, will be receiving additional state funding for road projects due to previous state projects that came in under expected projections.

According to Gov. Dave Heineman, last year's contractor bids were $21 million lower than engineering estimates, allowing for $11.5 million to be divided amongst Aurora and North Platte, as well as Omaha, Lincoln and Papillion.

The cities will receive the money at the start of fiscal year 2015 in July.

Aurora will receive $400,000 and North Platte will receive $1.1 million.

Omaha will receive $6 million to repair and maintain state highways, while the Lincoln area will get $2.5 million and Papillion will receive $1.5 million.

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says local funding by itself has only allowed his city to upgrade 39 of its 1,200 miles of road.

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