LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers have been told that there won’t be enough money to maintain state highways unless something is done.
Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, chairwoman of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, said on Monday that next fiscal year there will be about $90 million less available for highway maintenance than there was five years ago. Also, Fischer said revenue projections show there will be $6.4 billion available for highways over the next 20 years, less than half of what will be needed.
Lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill (LB821) that would require that highway preservation be the main priority of the state Department of Roads when developing its long-range plan.
Fischer says she plans to address funding for roads next year.
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