Top Three Infrastructure Concerns:

  1. Roads
  2. Wastewater
  3. Bridges

Key Infrastructure Facts

  • 23% of Nebraska’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
  • There are 124 high hazard dams in Nebraska. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • 6% of high hazard dams in Nebraska have no have no emergency action plan (EAP). An EAP is a predetermined plan of action to be taken including roles, responsibilities and procedures for surveillance, notification and evacuation to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage in an area affected by a failure or mis-operation of a dam.
  • Nebraska’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $1.35 billion over the next 20 years.
  • Nebraska ranked 37th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 38th in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
  • Nebraska reported an unmet need of $14.9 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
  • 24% of Nebraska’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • 30% of Nebraska’s major urban highways are congested.
  • Vehicle travel on Nebraska’s highways increased 39% from 1990 to 2007.
  • Nebraska state transportation managers ascertain that the level of funding necessary to maintain the current system is $170 million.
  • Nebraska has $1.31 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.


*Survey of the state’s ASCE members conducted in September 2008

Deficient Bridge Report, Federal Highway Administration, 2008.
National Inventory of Dams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2008.
Drinking Water Needs Survey and Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency, 2003.
National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.
2007 Annual Report, Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, National Park Service.
TRIP Fact Sheet, March 2009.
Grading the States ’08: A Management Report Card, Government Performance Project, Governing Magazine.
Clean Water Needs Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.