Enacted in 2011, the Build Nebraska Act (BNA) dedicated ¼ of one percent of sales tax receipts for expansion of the Expressway System, federally designated High Priority Corridors, and preservation of the existing transportation system.
This Act dedicated 85 percent of the revenue generated towards Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) projects and 15 percent towards local roads and streets. Revenue became available in fall of 2013, and is on track to generate an estimated $1.2 billion for NDOT before its sunset in June 2033.
Programs and Progress
In November of 2011, NDOT announced approximately $600 million in investments to expand 17 expressway, interstate or national high priority corridors. To date, seven of these corridors are complete, the remaining are under construction or funded for construction and on track for completion.
Build Nebraska Act – The Next 10 Years
Selected Projects | September 2016
These project selections came after several months of work during which NDOT engaged more than 2,000 stakeholders to update and expand its project prioritization process. Project selections are based on engineering and economic factors, and are informed by stakeholder input.
Construction Project Fact Sheets
Design Project Fact Sheets
- I-80 Newberry Interchange, L56G from Platte River to US 30
- N-50 from Louisville to Springfield
- N-92/US 275 east of Yutan
- N-370 from Gretna east to I-80
- N-370 from I-80 to Bellevue
- US 30 from Kearney to Grand Island
- US 30 Grand Island East Bypass
- US 75 from Nebraska City to Murray
- US 77 from Wahoo to Fremont
- US 81 from York north
- US 275 from West Point to Pilger
- US 385 from Alliance to Chadron
Accelerated State Highway Capital Improvement Program
This program is focused on fast-tracking completion of Nebraska’s 600-mile Expressway System by 2033. Until the TIA bill was passed, several stretches of the expressway remained unfunded including stretches of U.S. Highway 275 between Omaha and Norfolk, U.S. Highways 75/34 between Omaha and Nebraska City, and U.S. Highway 77 between Wahoo and Fremont. This legislation also authorized the use of alternative contracting methods never before allowed in Nebraska. The Design-Build process will help expedite the delivery process of the state’s largest capital improvement projects, allowing completion dates to come two to four years sooner than traditional Design-Bid-Build methods.
In the summer of 2016, NDOT rewrote the book on Capital Improvement selection. A listening campaign and new selection process known as StEEP (Stakeholder. Engineering. Economics. Priorities) was used to prioritize candidate projects that reflect the connection between transportation investments and the economy, and also recognizes local buy-in from communities. More than 2,000 Nebraskans participated in the process that identified more than $8 billion in potential transportation projects for funding consideration. Candidate projects were evaluated for their economic and engineering performance and given an overall performance score. Projects were selected based on performance scores and other important considerations, such as geographic inclusion, progress on Expressway and High Priority Corridors, Interstate and Expressway connectivity, and available supplemental funding.
In September 2016, NDOT announced that 100 percent of the Expressway System is either complete, under construction, or funded for construction or design. The StEEP selection process resulted in a $300 million investment in eight construction projects, twelve design projects and the planning of two more. These selections are funded by a combination of the BNA Next 10 Years and the TIA projected revenues anticipated by 2033. The investments will improve safety on our highways, promote economic growth throughout the state, and fulfill the 1988 vision to expand Nebraska’s Expressway System.
In 1988, the Legislature placed into law the creation of an Expressway System. The first needs analysis presented by NDOT in December 1988 identified the highways to be included. The Nebraska Expressway System was expanded to encompass 16 corridors of approximately 600 miles, based on:
- Socioeconomic data: Employment data, population and demographic trends, economic activity as based on sales tax revenue agricultural production
- Connecting Urban Centers to the Interstate: Population over 15,000
- Serve Commercial Traffic: More than 500 trucks traveled on average daily
- Continuity Between Expressway Segments
NDOT has completed approximately 70 percent of the Expressway System expansion. The rest of the Expressway System is either currently under construction or is funded for construction, design or planning.