AASHTO Journal

Nebraska Puts Five-Year, $600M Transportation Plan into Play

A "record-setting" $600 million is being targeted on transportation projects across Nebraska over the next five years as part of a road and bridge building plan recently given the go-ahead by Gov. Pete Ricketts

He announced the spending plan on July 6 to coincide with the release of the Nebraska Department of Transportation Program Book for Fiscal Years 2019-2024, which lists all the transportation projects the agency plans to tackle over the next several years. 

"My administration has been committed to making investments in projects all across the state to build the 21st-century transportation network that is helping connect our communities and grow our state," Gov. Ricketts (seen below, center) said in a statement

071318ricketts.jpg"This record investment of $600 million slated for 2019 builds on the great successes we have achieved over the last few years," he said. "Whether it's completing our expressway system or improving our county bridges, quality infrastructure assets are foundational to creating 'The Good Life' and positioning our state for future growth and economic opportunity."

"It's an exciting time for Nebraska as we continue to make historic levels of investment in our roads and bridges," added DOT Director Kyle Schneweis. "We're putting every dollar to work in the most efficient and effective way possible to build a safe and modern transportation system."

Projects slated for the upcoming year include: a 20-mile design-build addition to Hwy 275 Expressway from Scribner to West Point in Cuming and Dodge counties; 18 miles of interstate reconstruction near Big Springs and Chappel in Deuel County; plus a variety of statewide pavement and bridge preservation efforts

Nebraska's DOT, which is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of roads and 3,500 bridges, said its focus for fiscal year 2019 would be on "protecting prior investments" that have been made in the state's transportation network. 

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