January 15, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Today, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT)announced 21 proposals have been selected for funding in the fifth round of the County Bridge Match Program (CBMP). The program was created as a result of the 2016 Transportation Innovation Act (TIA), signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts in April of 2016.
“Since the passage of the Transportation Innovation Act, the Department of Transportation has worked with our partners to develop and implement a program that encourages innovation and improves the overall transportation system,” said NDOT Interim Director Moe Jamshidi. “We’ve seen the impact of the program reach beyond the dollar amount of investment. Through the CBMP, we as a state are getting smarter and learning to do innovative things to improve the condition of Nebraska’s rural bridges. Our partnerships with the counties, and groups like NACO and NACE, have helped us build a program that will have a lasting impact on rural infrastructure.”
The CBMP provides funding to counties for the innovative replacement and repair of deficient county bridges. The fifth Request for Proposals (RFP) was announced in October, with $4 million to be distributed to counties across Nebraska. Proposals were submitted by 47 counties and included 137 bridges.
“The County Bridge Match Program continues to make a significant impact by investing in the infrastructure of our local counties,” said NDOT Bridge Engineer Mark Traynowicz. “Interest in the program remains strong again this year, with a large number of counties submitting proposals and a large number of bridges included in the proposals. Including this year’s selected bridges, the program has funded the replacement, repair, or removal of 302 deficient bridges since the first round of proposals were selected in January 2017. Six counties are receiving funding for the first time in this competitive program.”
Since the program’s inception, the County Bridge Match Program has:
· Approved funding for 64 of the 70 counties that have submitted proposals.
· Selected 106 proposals for funding to repair or replace around 302 bridges.
· Spurred and supported innovative best practices that have been used on some of the additional 301 bridges that have been replaced with county funds during the same time
The CBMP will fund 55 percent of eligible bridge construction cost (up to $200,000) with counties providing a 45 percent match. The selected proposals include 27 counties and 48 bridges at a total construction cost of $9.4 million of which $4.2 million is from the CBMP. Selected proposals are listed on the NDOT website at: http://dot.nebraska.gov/projects/tia/bridge-match/.