While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Nebraska faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Nebraska costs each driver $467 per year, and 14.7% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Nebraska are an estimated $1.64 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.56 billion. 149 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $292 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Nebraska’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, Nebraska, and families can no longer afford.
Key Facts about Nebraska's Infrastructure
73 public-use airports
2,258 (14.72%) of the 15,330 bridges are structurally deficient
149 high hazard dams
Dams with EAPS
97% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan
$1.64 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
17 sites on the National Priorities List
320 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 25th
419 miles of levees
$98.5 million of unmet needs for its parks system
3,117 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 20th nationally
$466 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair
95,163 miles of Public Roads, with 9% in poor condition
$292 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures
6,863,048 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains
$2.56 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years
Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.
With State and local government losing revenues from transit ridership and motor fuel taxes, now is the time for Congress to provide immediate and necessary relief to ensure that all sectors of our infrastructure remain safe and reliable.