National Bridge Inventory: Nebraska

  • Of the 15,349 bridges in the state, 1,358, or 8.8 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 1,731 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2014.
  • 2 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
  • 3,742 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
  • The state has identified needed repairs on 6,395 bridges at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.
  • This compares to 6,539 bridges that needed work in 2014.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Douglas 1970 81,950 Urban freeway/expressway US75 over J St
Douglas 1938 29,815 Urban other principal arterial N85 over BNSF RR 073-047-W
Douglas 1983 27,395 Urban other principal arterial EB-N64 over N Br W Papillion Creek
Douglas 1991 27,395 Urban other principal arterial WB-N64 over N Br W Papillion Creek
Douglas 1950 19,800 Urban minor arterial Q St/FAU 5026 over EBg Ave /UPRR 817-369R
Douglas 1938 18,915 Rural minor arterial N31 over Park/Papio/Up 816-853-S
Lancaster 1968 16,560 Urban minor arterial N 14th St/FAU 5227 over Oak Creek
Dakota 1977 14,955 Urban Interstate I129/US275 over Crystal Lake
Lancaster 1978 14,560 Urban minor arterial Old Cheney/Fau5202 over Salt Creek (O 37)
Lancaster 1966 14,200 Urban minor arterial N 10th St/FAU 5215 over Salt Creek
Platte 1931 13,585 Rural arterial WB-US30/US81 over Loup River
Sarpy 1941 13,470 Urban other principal arterial Ftcrook Rd/FAU5145 over Betz Ditch
Dodge 1994 9,570 Urban minor arterial Bell St over UPRR 191-707-E
Dodge 1954 9,330 Rural arterial US77 over Elm Creek
Douglas 1977 8,730 Urban minor arterial Hamiltn St/Fau5066 over US75
Dodge 1970 8,290 Rural arterial US30 over Fremont Co Drain Ditch
Cass 1957 8,040 Rural minor arterial N50 over BNSF RR 073-015-R
Lancaster 1991 8,000 Urban other principal arterial L St/FAU 5228 over Salt Creek
Cheyenne 1974 7,800 Rural Interstate I80 over L17B Potter Cnlk
Scotts Bluff 1973 7,513 Urban other principal arterial SB-Fau 5701, Broad over North Platte River
Cuming 1935 7,330 Rural arterial US275 over Wortmans Creek
Douglas 1942 7,220 Rural arterial N92 over Stream
Thurston 1939 6,240 Rural arterial Irr/US77 over Stream
Thurston 1964 6,240 Rural arterial Irr/US77 over Stream
Dodge 1966 5,725 Rural arterial US275 over Stream
Type of Bridge Number of Bridges Area of All Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on All Bridges Number of Structurally Deficient Bridges Area of Structurally Deficient Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges
Rural Interstate 212 199,332 5,059,672 1 390 7,800
Rural arterial 894 557,171 4,708,720 36 16,538 160,450
Rural minor arterial 1,287 478,084 2,471,315 57 39,431 119,215
Rural major collector 2,363 675,699 1,550,145 123 32,858 67,730
Rural minor collector 1,215 208,992 166,863 74 9,664 7,679
Rural local road 8,577 1,117,504 551,743 1,042 94,882 41,200
Urban Interstate 116 307,665 9,771,227 1 2,724 14,955
Urban freeway/expressway 55 129,738 2,618,545 1 1,139 81,950
Urban other principal arterial 230 381,649 4,848,194 8 6,880 118,648
Urban minor arterial 149 172,268 1,820,990 9 16,727 92,880
Urban collector 91 67,369 508,399 2 1,862 4,155
Urban local road 160 45,067 197,737 4 1,030 2,300
Total 15,349 4,340,537 34,273,550 1,358 224,124 718,962
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 3,356 $1,039 1,436,420 628,096
Widening & rehabilitation 2,850 $406 5,524,323 838,283
Rehabilitation 134 $10 212,179 38,311
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 5 $4 83,201 6,493
Other structural work 50 $70 840,026 77,061
Total 6,395 $1,529 8,096,149 1,588,242

About the data:

Data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), released March 15, 2019. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

Effective January 1, 2018, FHWA changed the definition of structurally deficient as part of the final rule on highway and bridge performance measures, published May 20, 2017 pursuant to the 2012 federal aid highway bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Two measures that were previously used to classify bridges as structurally deficient are no longer used. This includes bridges where the overall structural evaluation was rated in poor or worse condition, or where the adequacy of waterway openings was insufficient.

The new definition limits the classification to bridges where one of the key structural elements—the deck, superstructure, substructure or culverts, are rated in poor or worse condition. During inspection, the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition.

Cost estimates have been derived by ARTBA, based on 2017 average bridge replacement costs for structures on and off the National Highway System, published by FHWA. Bridge rehabilitation costs are estimated to be 68 percent of replacement costs. A bridge is considered to need repair if the structure has identified repairs as part of the NBI, a cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient.

Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the Secretary of Transportation. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways have directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials serve smaller areas and are used for trips of moderate length. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes and are longer in length and spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic and are intended for short distance travel.

from 15 in 2017

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. Rhode Island 23.1%
17. New Hampshire 9%
18. Nebraska 8.8%
19. Missouri 8.6%

from 10 in 2017

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,675
12. West Virginia 1,444
13. Nebraska 1,358
14. Kansas 1,288
Full State Ranking

  • Source: Bridge data is from the 2018 National Bridge Inventory ASCII files, released by the Federal Highway Administration on March 14, 2019. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work. ARTBA is a non-partisan federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.
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