National Bridge Inventory: Nebraska

  • Of the 15,348 bridges in the state, 1,302, or 8.5 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 1,478 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2016.
  • The deck area of structurally deficient bridges accounts for 4.9 percent of total deck area on all structures.
  • 1 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System. A total of 96.7 percent of the structurally deficient bridges are not on the National Highway System, which includes the Interstate and other key roads linking major airports, ports, rail and truck terminals.
  • 3,996 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
  • The state has identified needed repairs on 6,366 bridges at an estimated cost of $2.3 billion.
  • This compares to 6,425 bridges that needed work in 2016.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Douglas 1970 85,640 Urban freeway/expressway US75 over J St
Sarpy 1989 38,095 Urban freeway/expressway US75 over Betz Creek
Douglas 1960 38,000 Urban other principal arterial 42nd St/FAU 5057 over UPRR 191-593-U
Douglas 1960 38,000 Urban other principal arterial 42nd St/FAU 5057 over UPRR 816-825-N
Lancaster 1968 19,370 Urban minor arterial N 14th St/FAU 5227 over Oak Creek
Lancaster 1961 15,450 Urban minor arterial 14th St/FAU 5227 over US6
Dakota 1977 14,995 Urban Interstate I129/US275 over Crystal Lake
Lancaster 1978 14,560 Urban minor arterial Old Cheney/Fau5202 over Salt Creek (O 37)
Platte 1931 14,395 Rural arterial WB-US30/US81 over Loup River
Sarpy 1941 13,470 Urban other principal arterial Ft Crook Road over Betz Ditch
Douglas 1938 11,100 Urban other principal arterial N31 over Park/Papio/Up 816-853-S
Dodge 1994 9,570 Urban minor arterial Bell St over UPRR 191-707-E
Dodge 1954 9,535 Rural arterial US77 over Elm Creek
Sarpy 1972 9,180 Rural minor collector Coll 5081 over Big Papillion Creek
Douglas 1977 8,730 Urban minor arterial Hamiltn St/Fau5066 over US75
Dodge 1970 8,310 Rural arterial US30 over Fremont Co Drain Ditch
Douglas 1942 7,955 Rural arterial N92 over Stream
Cuming 1935 7,920 Rural arterial US275 over Wortmans Creek
Scotts Bluff 1973 7,513 Urban other principal arterial SB-Fau 5701, Broad over North Platte River
Cass 1957 6,570 Rural minor arterial N50 over BNSF RR 073-015-R
Thurston 1964 6,565 Rural arterial Irr/US77 over Stream
Thurston 1939 6,565 Rural arterial Irr/US77 over Stream
Dodge 1966 6,370 Rural arterial US275 over Mud Creek
Dodge 1993 6,370 Rural arterial US275 over Stream
Cuming 1931 5,670 Rural arterial US275 over Plum Creek
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 194 140,766 4,159,050 0 0 0
Rural arterial 832 484,663 3,920,940 34 12,212 160,365
Rural minor arterial 1,270 464,106 2,234,020 50 36,452 89,740
Rural major collector 2,355 673,485 1,524,830 110 32,577 57,869
Rural minor collector 1,208 210,175 171,248 70 9,705 16,205
Rural local road 8,542 1,123,736 569,527 1,012 95,995 38,335
Urban Interstate 134 369,605 10,643,645 1 2,724 14,995
Urban freeway/expressway 138 238,284 4,722,165 2 1,323 123,735
Urban other principal arterial 189 315,418 3,257,299 6 10,539 110,386
Urban minor arterial 195 219,231 2,137,329 9 8,751 75,400
Urban collector 97 70,286 523,819 4 2,610 12,385
Urban local road 194 56,970 234,834 4 792 2,450
Total 15,348 4,366,723 34,098,706 1,302 213,680 701,865
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 3,309 $1,109 1,422,453 632,323
Widening & rehabilitation 2,819 $991 5,488,104 842,022
Rehabilitation 174 $57 311,326 47,719
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 5 $8 83,286 6,492
Other structural work 59 $92 836,690 79,925
Total 6,366 $2,256 8,141,859 1,608,480

About the data:

Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on March 11, 2021. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections. Cost estimates were downloaded by ARTBA on March 11, 2021.

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 2019 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 repair cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient. Please note that for a few states, the number of bridges needing to be repaired can vary significantly from year to year, and reflects the data entered by the state.

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.

Compared to 18 in 2019

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. West Virginia 21.2%
17. New Hampshire 8.6%
18. Nebraska 8.5%
19. Mississippi 8.2%

Compared to 13 in 2019

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,571
13. Kansas 1,321
14. Nebraska 1,302
15. Michigan 1,219

Compared to 23 in 2019

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridge deck area

1. Rhode Island 21.0%
27. Kentucky 5.0%
28. Nebraska 5.0%
29. Oklahoma 5.0%
Full State Ranking


  • Source: Data is from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), downloaded on March 11, 2021. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

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