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Bridge, pavement work top list of Nebraska fuel-tax projects

May 18, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say the state's upcoming fuel tax increase will help replace old bridges, repave county roads and allow work on construction projects to start earlier.

Lawmakers overrode Governor Pete Ricketts' veto and approved the 6-cent-per-gallon increase last week. It won't start phasing in until January 1st, but state and local officials say they already have a rough idea of which projects will take priority.

County officials say they'll focus on structurally deficient bridges, many of which must support large farm equipment and school buses. City officials will likely use the money for road repairs, while the state Department of Roads says its share could help work start sooner on longer-term projects.

The tax will generate about $75 million annually by 2020, divided evenly among cities, counties and the state.

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