Ditch Poses Problems for Highway 30 Project

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Federal regulations and a drainage ditch have complicated efforts to expand part of U.S. Highway 30.  The federal government has deemed the ditch between Rogers and Fremont as wetlands, which are protected under the U.S. Clean Water Act. The project is intended to expand the highway from two to four lanes.  Nebraska Department of Roads director Randy Peters says the state filed an appeal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but lost. He says the decision will require officials will have to rethink that segment of the project.  Peters says the state will likely move the highway's new westbound lands farther north to avoid the ditch.