Five bridge or culvert projects win state funding
LINCOLN, Neb. -- One bridge in southern Hitchcock County and four culvert pipes in Furnas County were selected for removal and replacement under the fourth round of the County Bridge Match Program announced today by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
A bridge on the north fork of Driftwood Creek, 9 miles south and 5 miles west of Tranton, will be removed and replaced with culvert pipes.
Culvert pipes to be replaced in Furnas County include sites 5 miles south and 1 east of Hollinger, 2.5 east and 6 south of Beaver City, 6 miles south on Beaver City, all on Sappa Creek, and 1 miles east of Beaver City at Beaver Creek.
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.
The CBMP provides funding to counties for the innovative replacement and repair of deficient county bridges. The fourth Request for Proposals was announced in October, with $4 million to be distributed to counties across Nebraska. Proposals were submitted by 45 counties and included 133 bridges.
“The large number of counties submitting proposals, and the large number of bridges included in the proposals shows that the CBMP remains strong even with many counties being severely affected by the 2019 flooding,” said Mark Traynowicz, Bridge Engineer for NDOT.
“Including this year’s selected bridges, the program has funded the replacement, repair, or removal of 254 deficient bridges since the first round of proposals were selected in January 2017. Three counties are receiving funding for the first time in this competitive program.”