LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced 21 proposals have been selected for funding in the third 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 Director Kyle Schneweis. “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 third Request for Proposals (RFP) was announced in October, with $4 million to be distributed to counties across Nebraska. Proposals were submitted by 54 counties and included 166 bridges.
The CBMP will fund 55 percent of eligible bridge construction cost with counties providing a 45 percent match. The selected proposals include 29 counties and 66 bridges at a total construction cost of $10.1 million of which $4.12 million is from the CBMP. The NDOT investment is higher than anticipated due to projects in the first round coming in under budget. Savings has been applied to the third round of awards.