Infrastructure in Nebraska

Nebraska Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Nebraska faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Nebraska costs each driver $467 per year, and 14.7% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Nebraska are an estimated $1.64 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.56 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


73 public-use airports


2,258 (14.72%) of the 15,330 bridges are structurally deficient


149 high hazard dams

Dams with EAPS

97% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan

Drinking Water

$1.64 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Hazardous Waste

17 sites on the National Priorities List

Inland Waterways

320 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 25th


419 miles of levees

Public Parks

$98.5 million of unmet needs for its parks system


3,117 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 20th nationally

Road Costs

$466 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


95,163 miles of Public Roads, with 9% in poor condition


$292 million gap in estimated school capital expenditures


6,863,048 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$2.56 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

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.

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

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

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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