Rural transportation provides essential mobility and connectivity for many Nebraskans who rely on safe and efficient roads to deliver agricultural, energy, manufactured and other industry goods to market.

The current condition of Nebraska’s rural bridges impedes personal and commercial travel that is critical to the safety and prosperity of our citizens. The Transportation Infrastructure Bank Fund creates the County Bridge Match Program which will devote additional funding to pilot innovative solutions to help repair or replace critical bridges on county road systems.


County Bridge Match Program Criteria

Download the County Bridge Match Program Selection Criteria.




County Bridge Match Program Working Group

NDOR has begun the process of developing the program, including participation criteria and matching fund requirements for counties. Details of the program will be presented to the Appropriations Committee and the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee of the Legislature on or before December 1, 2016. 
The working group established is responsible for defining the program and is not responsible for actual selection of the bridges, which will occur at a later date.



County Bridge Match Program Working Group

  • Larry Dix, NACO Executive Director
  • Steve Riehle, President NACE, Hall County
  • Chris Jacobsen, Custer County
  • Steve Mika, Saunders County
  • Kevin Barta, Knox County
  • Tim Ryan, Keith County
  • Dennis Wilson, Sarpy County


NDOR Team Members Coordinating with the Working Group

  • Moe Jamshidi, Deputy Director for Operations
  • Mark Traynowicz, Bridge Engineer
  • Mick Syslo, Materials and Research Engineer
  • Andy Cunningham, Government Affairs Manager
  • Larry Legg, Local Projects Section



The objective of the program is to create a process that empowers and encourages local partnerships in order to promote innovative solutions and streamline repairs and replacement of deficient bridges in Nebraska's county road system. Program criteria will be developed through a collaborative process involving a working group comprised of county officials, bridge authorities and NDOT personnel. The working group will meet throughout the summer and fall to further define the program in preparation for NDOR's report to the Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Committee on or before December 1, 2016.








County participation is voluntary. Participating counties will maintain local control using local consultants and contractors.


The Transportation Innovation Act authorizes up to $40 million to be used for the County Bridge Match Program


The program will terminate on June 30, 2023.



County Bridge Match

  • Dedicates up to $40 million to accelerate the repair and replacement of deficient bridges on county road systems
  • Pilot innovative solutions like bridge bundling
  • NDOT will work closely with bridge partners to develop program criteria
  • County participation is voluntary


  • Nebraska has 15,074 bridges (over 20 ft.) which is 16th in the nation for total number of bridges.
  • 11,107 bridges are on the county system.
  • On the county system,1,990 are structurally deficient.
  • 38% of county bridges are more than 50 years old.
  • 147 of Nebraska’s county bridges are currently closed.

Apply for the County Bridge Match Program


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