New Nebraska Road Rules Give Local Governments More Flexibility on Repairs

Local governments in Nebraska will have more flexibility to complete road and bridge repairs under new regulations approved by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

📅   Fri June 17, 2016 - Midwest Edition #13


Local governments in Nebraska will have more flexibility to complete road and bridge repairs under new regulations approved by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Local governments in Nebraska will have more flexibility to complete road and bridge repairs under new regulations approved by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Local governments in Nebraska will have more flexibility to complete road and bridge repairs under new regulations approved by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts said June 7 that the changes are intended to modernize the state's road and bridge standards and stretch tax dollars by encouraging local governments and the state to work together. The requirements apply to state highways, county roads and municipal streets.

One change will allow communities to replace bridge pilings on some rural roads with pilings of the same design, instead of having to pay for a new bridge built under current construction design standards.

Nebraska Department of Roads Director Kyle Schneweis said his agency is still looking for opportunities to reduce barriers for infrastructure projects.