ENJOY THE DRIVE
There are more than 97,000 miles of Nebraska roads, highways and bridges that allow communities, big and small, to prosper. They help customers reach businesses. They lead commuters to work. Fans to Husker games. Kids to schools. Families to outdoor adventures.
of Nebraska's major roads are in poor or mediocre conditions
in yearly auto repair costs per driver due to damaged roads
county bridges are structurally deficient
The state of our fuel tax = the state of our roads.
We rank 28th lowest on fuel tax out of all 50 states.
The average person driving 12,000 miles a year pays only $170.40 in state fuel tax.
Every cent from the gas tax generates $12 million for road repairs.
Each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements:
- Reduces vehicle maintenance
- Reduces delays
- Reduces fuel consumption
- Reduces fatalities
- Reduces emissions
- Reduces road and bridge maintenance costs
- Reduces traffic
It’s a fact: if our gas tax gets cut, our roads get worse.
Rising gas prices do not equal higher taxes. The gas tax remains the same no matter the cost of filling the tank.
THE ROAD AHEAD
It’s estimated that, in the next 20 years, we’ll need $11.2 billion in repair costs for our roads, highways and bridges.
HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN
Pavement maintenance – $5.9 billion
Bridge maintenance – $700 million
Roadway upgrade – $1.19 billion
Bridge upgrade – $220 million
Rail crossing and rural transit upgrade – $290 million
Roadway expansion – $2.7 billion
Grade separation – $200 million
We must maintain our funding to protect our roads.
Better Roads NE is an effort by AGC Nebraska Chapter and concerned Nebraska citizens to ensure the integrity, safety and conditions of our roads. Our highways, byways and bridges connect us to our family, friends, schools, churches, jobs and other people and places we deem important. They allow communities, big and small, to grow and prosper. By putting in the necessary work to keep our roads in the best shape possible, we can confidently allow them to lead us to where we want to go.