With funding for Nebraska’s highway system hitting historically crisis levels, State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine, encourages local government officials and the traveling public to fill out a Department of Roads’ (NDOR) survey that was recently released. Senator Fischer is chairperson of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
“I think most people have become aware of the fiscal crisis we are facing in Nebraska with regard to highway funding,” Senator Fischer said. “While we have less revenue, at the same time we are facing higher costs in our highway construction program. Now, more than ever, we need to be able to prioritize the needs of our transportation infrastructure and the efforts of NDOR.”
NDOR periodically prepares a Long Range Transportation Plan for the state. The Department has designed a survey to gather input to identify statewide, regional and local transportation issues facing Nebraska. The survey results will guide NDOR in developing goals and objectives for the Long Range Transportation Plan: Vision 2032.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the average citizen to participate in his or her government so that our limited resources can be used in the most efficient manner and according to the priorities of the traveling public,” Senator Fischer said.
All responses will be kept anonymous and will be reported in the aggregate. The survey takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete. The survey is open to the traveling public and those who travel or distribute goods throughout the state.
Anyone willing to fill out the survey can access it on the internet at www.roads.nebraska.gov/lrtp/vision2032/. The survey deadline is May 21, and results will be posted later this summer.
“I encourage everyone to take the time and fill this survey out,” Fischer said. “Not only will NDOR be able to effectively plan for the future, but the Legislature will be guided in its pursuit of additional highway funding with the limited resources available.”