Infrastructure in Nebraska

Nebraska Infrastructure Overview

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 $348 per year, and 15.4% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Nebraska are an estimated $1.6 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.56 billion. 141 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

Aviation

73 public-use airports

Bridges

2,361 (15.40%) of the 15,334 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$61,770,808 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

96% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Dams

141 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$1.6 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Energy

277.9 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 9th

Hazardous Waste

16 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

320 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 25th

Levees

419 miles of levees

Public Parks

$98.5 million of unmet needs for its parks system

Rail

3,375 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 15th nationally

Roads

94,481 miles of Public Roads, with 10% in poor condition

Road Costs

$348 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair

Schools

$292 million gap in in estimated school capital expenditures

Transit

7,059,700 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains

Wastewater

$2.56 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Key Solutions

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.
Investment

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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