Nebraska's Surface Transportation Program for 2020
The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s approach to identifying projects to be constructed in 2020 will be slightly altered due to the historic flooding of 2019. The 2020 Construction Program will be a living document that identifies the types and locations of transportation project to be completed.
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*Project cost estimates contained in the book represent the planning estimates of the total costs of a project. These include: preliminary engineering, right-of-way, utilities, early planning estimates of construction, and other costs. They do not represent the final estimated construction cost of any project which goes to letting for bid by contractors.
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In a typical year, the Department publishes a Program Book that lists all state transportation projects set to begin construction within the next fiscal year and identifies others anticipated to be let over the following five years. The 2020 Program Book will be different in that it will be focused on the one-year construction program and categorize both asset preservation and capital improvement projects as either in the 2020 construction program or stand-by projects.
Stand-by projects are those that the Department is not able to fully commit to for letting in 2020. As the Department has more certainty on cash flow and delivery schedule, it will update the 2020 construction program list with projects from the stand-by list. Regardless of classification, internally, the Department will continue preparations to let all projects listed in the construction program as well as the stand-by list.
In addition to the 2020 program the Department is also publishing projects in its five-year planning program as well as capturing, by NDOT District, the investment in the system that was made over the spring and summer of 2019 to repair flood damage. The Districtwide Emergency Repairs line gives the estimated dollar amount required to rebuild the federal-aid transportation system. Updates on specific flood recovery projects and costs can be found at https://dot.nebraska.gov/news-media/nebraska-flood-2019/.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s 2020 Program, when factoring in an estimated $153 million in emergency expenses, is a record $782 million. Notably, the 2020 list includes three capital improvement projects that have been heavily emphasized:
- Lincoln South Beltway
- Fremont Southeast Beltway
- Highway 83, Super 2
These projects account for an estimated $390 million investment in capital improvement over the delivery timeframe of the projects. Along with the US-275 Scribner to West Point project, the Lincoln South Beltway, Fremont Southeast Beltway, and the Super 2 on Highway 83 are long awaited projects that the Department and local communities believe in the need for and have heavily invested in keeping on the proposed timeline.
The Department’s investment in transportation is made possible through a combination of state and federal funds, as well as dedicated resources provided by the Build Nebraska Act and Transportation Innovation Act. This $782 million figure is the largest program size published to date, representing the Department’s concerted effort to effectively and efficiently deliver a transportation system that serves Nebraska.
Note: Updates to the Nebraska Surface Transportation Program Book for fiscal years 2020-2025 will be posted to this website as projects are shifted to the programmed list from the stand-by list periodically.
Federal Emergency Reimbursement Process
and expenses related to the historic flooding of 2019
Federal reimbursement for damages to federal aid roadways or bridges will range between 80-100 percent of the expenses. Maps of all federal aid roadways are available online here: City Maps | County Maps. The percent of reimbursement a state or local government can receive is determined by the type of work done, the problem solved by doing the work and when the work was done. For example, work done during or immediately following a disaster to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or to protect the remaining facilities is reimbursable at a higher percentage than work undertaken after the disaster to restore the highway to pre-disaster conditions.
The estimated damage on both state and local federal aid routes is nearing $200 million. Approximately ¼ of the estimated damages occurred on local federal aid routes with ¾ of the damages occurring on state highways and bridges.
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced Nebraska is eligible to request reimbursement for up to $68 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to assist with the cost of repairs to federal-aid highways and bridges resulting from this spring’s historic flooding. This is in addition to the $25 million in FHWA Quick Release funds already authorized and reserved to reimburse local governments.
The Department is analyzing the impact of the announcement on its 2020 construction program and will be providing project updates in the coming weeks.
CHECK BACK FOR PROJECT SPECIFIC UPDATES.