LINCOLN – Yesterday, Governor Pete Ricketts received notification that Nebraska will receive $25 million in federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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.
Over the last two weeks, the Nebraska Department of Transportation 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 $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.