Rural transportation provides essential mobility and connectivity for many Nebraskans who rely on safe and efficient roads to deliver agricultural, energy, manufactured and other industry goods to market.
The current condition of Nebraska’s rural bridges impedes personal and commercial travel that is critical to the safety and prosperity of our citizens. The Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund creates the County Bridge Match Program which will devote additional funding to pilot innovative solutions to help repair or replace critical bridges on county road systems.
NDOR has begun the process of developing the program, including participation criteria and matching fund requirements for counties. Details of the program will be presented to the Appropriations Committee and the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee of the Legislature on or before December 1, 2016.
The working group established is responsible for defining the program and is not responsible for actual selection of the bridges, which will occur at a later date.
The objective of the program is to create a process that empowers and encourages local partnerships in order to promote innovative solutions and streamline repairs and replacement of deficient bridges in Nebraska's county road system. Program criteria will be developed through a collaborative process involving a working group comprised of county officials, bridge authorities and NDOR personnel. The working group will meet throughout the summer and fall to further define the program in preparation for NDOR's report to the Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Committee on or before December 1, 2016.
Please contact Jodi Gibson with any questions.
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ROADS