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NEBRASKA TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Nebraska Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Program provides funding to local, state, and regional governmental entities to build and restore transportation infrastructure.

Examples of transportation infrastructure projects that are eligible under this program include non-motorized facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, development of scenic byways, restoration of historic transportation facilities, and other projects directly related to the historic, current, or future transportation infrastructure.

The Transportation Enhancement Selection Committee prioritizes these quality-of-life projects based on available funding for each year. Funding for more than 825 projects has been awarded to communities statewide since the inception of the program, reaching one in three Nebraska communities.

ORIGINS OF THE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

The Transportation Enhancement Program was established by Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). The law broadened the Federal transportation focus from constructing roads to providing diverse surface transportation options to help make communities more livable.

ISTEA expired in 1997, but the initial success of the program resulted in the reauthorization of enhancement funding in the 1998 passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). To implement the federal act, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) established the Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Program.

TEA-21 expired September 30, 2003. However, three extensions to TEA-21 have been signed by the President. These extensions allow states to continue to solicit, rank, and select Transportation Enhancement Projects.


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CONTACT INFO

Questions? More Info? Please contact:

Michael Kleffner, Transportation Enhancement Engineer

Phone: (402) 479-4881

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