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Gov. Ricketts Thanks President Trump for Initial $25 Million in Federal Emergency Relief Funds to Repair Damaged Infrastructure

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Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Vicki Kramer, Department of Transportation, 402-479-4512


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Thanks President Trump for Initial $25 Million in Federal Emergency Relief Funds to Repair Damaged Infrastructure


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts received notification that Nebraska will receive $25 million in federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).   The assistance comes in the form of “quick release” emergency relief funds that will be immediately available to restore traffic and initiate emergency repairs on federal transportation routes statewide.


“Twenty-five million dollars in readily available assistance is a big boost to the State of Nebraska and our counties as we start to rebuild,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Managing the expense of rebuilding infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges of responding to a disaster.  This will directly support the state and counties in cash flowing essential repairs.  I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Chao for their continued support of Nebraska.  Getting our state moving again is vital to growing our economy.”


Over the last two weeks, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) has been conducting damage assessments on federal aid eligible roads and bridges to determine the scope of repairs needed.  Initial inspections have identified over 300 sites on the state and county transportation systems that need repairs and are eligible for emergency relief funds.


“The NDOT has been working closely with our partners at the local, state and federal levels to assess the condition of Nebraska’s transportation system, and in some places have already begun the process of reconstruction,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis.  “We already have over 50 projects that have either been completed or are under construction.  This shows the dedication of the NDOT team and the contracting community to get Nebraska moving again.  I want to thank Brandye Hendrickson and Joe Werning at FHWA for their assistance in helping Nebraska secure the quick release.”


The $25 million in “quick release” funds is a down payment in federal assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program.  It is based on NDOT’s current needs estimate of $160 million in federal assistance.  Inspections and cost estimates will continue to be refined as the extent of damages is further known.


To date, NDOT estimates nearly 190 highway miles and 27 state bridges have sustained flood-related damages.  Six bridges will need to be replaced, seven require major repairs and 14 require repair, scour or washout work.  Six of the eight NDOT Districts and 69 of 93 counties are anticipated to have flood damage on federal routes.