LINCOLN, Neb. — The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners has created a task force to address the ongoing infrastructure needs of the County including roads, bridges, infrastructure maintenance and long-term planning.
County Commissioners sought a broad group of people to assist with this effort, including various community members and stakeholders.
The task force met Tuesday look at infrastructure management and best practices.
As part of the Lancaster County Transportation Strategy, several counties from across the country with characteristics and size similar to Lancaster were studied.
The group identified 16 “peer counties” that were similar to Lancaster County, and included information about county population, major community population, major community portion of the population, area size and the presence of a major university, and compared those statistics with Lancaster County. The table with that information can be seen below.
The data from the peer communities showed that Lancaster County has a slightly higher county population and a smaller area size than the average peer county.
Eight of the peer counties also reported their bridge data, with Lancaster County on pace for the percentage of functionally obsolete bridges, but higher than the average peer county for percentage of structurally deficient bridges (15 percent for Lancaster County, 8 percent on average for the peer counties).
Eight of the peer counties also provided budget details, with Lancaster County very close to the peer average at about $24 million per year.
The committee will meet again in July to discuss a budget gap analysis, evaluate county policies for new and infill development regarding infrastructure and develop a growth strategy based on the data they’ve collected.
You can see the study and a slideshow on the study attached in this article.