WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today welcomed Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s announcement that the Federal Highway Administration is issuing a $25 million grant to Nebraska to assist with infrastructure repairs following 2019 flooding. Senator Fischer advocated for Nebraska to receive this emergency funding.

Nebraska state officials estimate nearly 190 highway miles will need significant repair. Additionally, of the 27 bridges in the state that are damaged, seven will need major repair and six must be entirely replaced. 

“The severe flooding caused widespread damage to the roads and bridges Nebraskans rely on every day. I’m grateful to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for making $25 million immediately available to our state for critical infrastructure repair. These additional resources will help with rebuilding, relief, and recovery during this tough time for Nebraska,” said Senator Fischer. 

More information from the Department of Transportation:

The $25 million in “quick release” funding will be used to pay for the repairs done to restore essential traffic and prevent additional damage at locations impacted by severe flooding, and support efforts to restore traffic and open routes formedical and food supplies for people and livestock. An initial estimate of damage from this storm tops $160 million – more than half the state’s annual apportionment of federal-aid funds – and is expected to climb as additional damage assessment information is received. 

This initial “quick release” payment is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for federally eligible highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.