Ricketts: Federal Infrastructure Bill Won’t Lead to Instant Acceleration of Bridge, Roadway Improvements

Ricketts: Federal Infrastructure Bill Won’t Lead to Instant Acceleration of Bridge, Roadway Improvements
November 30th, 2021 | Scott Miller

Nebraska’s Governor says the passage of the infrastructure bill that will boost federal spending on projects by an additional $550 billion over ten years won’t likely lead to an instant rush of construction in the state.

During his monthly call-in program this week, Pete Ricketts noted there’s a lot that goes into bridge and roadway projects. such as completion of the state’s expressway system.

“It is a long planning process to have to go through to be able to build a road like we’re talking about, like the expressways and so forth. So, it will be definitely, as we kind of unpack this and know, we can adjust our plans for how far we can go and what we can do,” said Ricketts. “But as far as the really short term stuff, you know, building a road is not gonna be something that, short term, gets done in a hurry.”

Ricketts says it’s still early in the process, with state officials now going through the fine details of the measure.

He says another key that will impact any changes to, or acceleration of, the state’s bridge and roads programs will be exactly when the additional funding will be released to the states.

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