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


$9 million in 2022 airport improvement grants across 9 major airports

water infrastructure

Drinking Water

$3.2 billion total drinking water need

transportation infrastructure


4.5 million passenger trips across 62 systems in 2021

bridge infrastructure


15,348 bridges, 8.3% of which were structurally deficient in 2021

hazardous waste infrastructure

Hazardous Waste

19 Superfund sites

wastewater infrastructure


$2.6 billion total wastewater need

dam infrastructure


152 high hazard dams



377 miles of levees protect 48,700 residents.

road infrastructure


18% of roads are in poor or fair condition

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grants

 $24M for the Lincoln Multimodal Transportation Center
$3.8M for broadband deployment within the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska 
  $1.3M for Gavins Point Dam and Lewis And Clark Lake in Cedar County
$110K for Gordon Municipal Airport

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.


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.


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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