Infrastructure in Nebraska

Nebraska Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, Nebraska faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Nebraska costs each driver $461 per year, and 8.8% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Nebraska are an estimated $1.6 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

aviation infrastructure

Aviation

9 major airports

bridge infrastructure

Bridges

15,332 bridges, 8.8% of which were structurally deficient in 2019

dam infrastructure

Dams

149 high hazard dams

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$1.6 billion total drinking water need over 20 years

energy infrastructure

Energy

319 outages between 2008 and 2017

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

18 Superfund sites

inland waterways

Inland Waterways

320 miles of inland waterways

levees

Levees

377 miles of levees protect 48,700 residents.

public parks

Public Parks

$6,698,453 in deferred park maintenance

rail infrastructure

Rail

3,117 miles of rail across the state

road infrastructure

Roads

11% of roads are in poor condition. Each motorist pays $461 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair

school infrastructure

Schools

$292 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures.

solid waste infrastructure

Solid Waste

1,982,035 tons of municipal solid waste

stormwater infrastructure

Stormwater

$2 average monthly fee

transportation infrastructure

Transit

6.7 million passenger trips in 2018

wastewater infrastructure

Wastewater

$2.6 billion in wastewater needs

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.
Leadership & Action

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

Investment

If the United States is serious about achieving an infrastructure system fit for the future some specific steps must be taken, beginning with increased, long-term, consistent investment.

Resilience

We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.

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