The largest package of road projects in Sarpy County's history is complete and under budget.
The CONNECTSarpy – West Sarpy project covers approximately 9 square miles between Harrison Street and Highway 370 from 168th to 204th Streets. Today, the new infrastructure supports more than a dozen development sites, including significant Gretna Public Schools expansion.
"We’ve built roads where there were none, creating a driving network that serves the existing neighborhoods and makes way for new growth. We’re already seeing additional residential and commercial development as a result,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren, who represents the area. “Sarpy is committed to projects like these that make a major impact, and we’re proud to have done it efficiently and $2 million under budget, while holding the line on taxes.”
The area is now valued at $2.5 billion. Roughly 27% of that growth is new construction since 2019, the year before the project started. It generated nearly $60 million in tax revenue to local governments in 2023.
The county broke ground on the project in 2020, committing $90 million to the area. It represents the largest package of road projects in Sarpy’s history.
To pay for the project, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners authorized issuing bonds and engaged private stakeholders on funding partnerships. Private development directly contributed approximately $15 million toward the improvements.
Sarpy selected Hawkins Construction Company as the project’s construction manager/general contractor to build the largest segments of the road network.
This approach streamlined operations, saving both time and money.
Hawkins Construction coordinated with close to two dozen partners, including Olsson, the lead engineering firm.
“Sarpy, Hawkins and Olsson embraced a unified team approach, which ensured success on the complex and challenging work. Knowing that this was a first-of-its-kind project in Nebraska, we are incredibly proud of the result,” said Chris Hawkins, President and CEO of Hawkins Construction Company.
Sarpy County was the first organization in Nebraska to use the Construction Manager/General Contractor process for road construction after the Nebraska Legislature enacted the process in 2016.
"We’re excited to have partnered with Hawkins as construction manager/general contractor. They did great work, and we’ve seen that reflected in feedback from the community now using these roads,” said County Engineer Denny Wilson. “This project was a team effort, achieved with innovative solutions to serve the driving public.”
About Sarpy County
Sarpy County is the fastest-growing county in the state of Nebraska, attracting new residents, visitors, businesses and jobs each year. Sarpy County is home to the cities of Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Gretna and Springfield, as well as Offutt Air Force Base. In less than 20 minutes, you can travel from the vibrant urban centers to beautiful outdoor recreational areas and activities. More information is available at Sarpy.gov.