Gov. Ricketts last week mwelcomed news that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded an $8.4 million grant to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). The grant comes through the Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) and will assist with the replacement of seven bridges in northeast Nebraska.
“Winning the federal grant for the bridge replacement project is another example of the Nebraska DOT innovatively finding ways to improve infrastructure in our state,” said Gov. Ricketts. “All seven bridges are key connections in our rural communities and bundling them into one project saves time and money. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Elaine Chao for their investment in rural America’s infrastructure.”
NDOT requested $11.65 million through the CHBP program in late 2018 to assist with replacement of seven bridges along three rural state highways. The grant will provide funding for the Department to combine what would normally be four separate bridge replacement projects into a single bundled construction project. NDOT plans to begin the project in 2021 and to complete the work within two years.
“This is NDOT’s first bridge bundling project of its kind,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “These seven sites are ideal for bundling because the bridges are in close proximity to one another and are similar in size and type. Bundling their replacement maximizes innovation opportunities and allows for simplicity of design and construction.”
CHBP funds are required to be used for highway bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects on public roads in rural areas. Selected projects must leverage bundling to increase efficiency of design and construction.
Bridge Locations and Impacts:
US Highway 81 (Sites 1, 2, 3): Three proposed bridge replacements will strengthen the infrastructure serving the heavy truck traffic on this corridor through Nebraska that connects Kansas to South Dakota. This route is part of the National Truck Network.
Nebraska Highway 57 (Sites 4, 5): The local community of Carroll, NE will see long-term benefit with the replacement of two bridges. Carroll Feed & Grain Co. is an established co-op in Carroll, and many local farmers haul harvested grain there.
Nebraska Highway 116 (Sites 6, 7): The local community of Dixon, NE is home to the Dixon County Fair. The two bridge replacements will provide a benefit during local events that generate increased traffic.
Congress funded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s CHBP grant program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, from the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund. Nebraska was one of 25 states eligible to apply under the program.