Nebraska's highways, byways, roads, and more!
Picture taken 5/17/2003 by Jesse Whidden.
Just east of Hastings on US 6, the D-L-D (Detroit-Lincoln-Denver) State Recreation Area is one of the few reminders of the era of named trails in the 1920s, before numbered routes came into being. In Nebraska, the D-L-D Highway became US 38 in 1926 and then US 6 in 1931.
|Length: 367 miles
Western Terminus: Colorado state line west of Lamar (which is not on US 6)
Eastern Terminus: Iowa state line at Omaha (multiplexed with I-480)
Designated in Nebraska: 1932
Counties Passed Through: Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, Red Willow, Furnas, Harlan, Phelps, Kearney, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Seward, Lancaster, Cass, Saunders, Sarpy, Douglas
Expressway Segments: From Emerald to Waverly (except for small sections on W. O St. and Sun Valley Blvd.) and from the Sarpy/Douglas county line to Iowa.
History: An extended US 6 was commissioned through Nebraska in 1932 to replace the 6-year-old US 38 thoughout its length from Omaha to Greeley, Colorado. US 6 has basically stayed (except for minor realignments) on its present routing except though Lincoln (where it ran along O St., 48th St. and Cotner Blvd. - later renamed City US 6) and Omaha (it was once routed through the Millard neighborhood instead of the "right angle" routing it has today).
|City US 6|
|Hastings: former route of US 6 through Hastings. To the best of my conjecture, it follows Elm Av., 2nd St., and current NE S1C though the city. Comissioned 19??; partially decommissioned around 1970. The current city route runs along 2nd St.
Lincoln: former route of US 6 through Lincoln, where it followed O St., 48th St. and Cotner Blvd. Commissioned in the 1940's; decommissioned in 1983.
|Length: 420 miles
Western Terminus: Wyoming state line west of Harrison
Eastern Terminus: Iowa state line at South Sioux City (multiplexed with I-129)
Designated in Nebraska: 1926
Counties Passed Through: Sioux, Dawes, Gordon, Cherry, Brown, Rock, Holt, Antelope, Pierce, Cedar, Dixon, Dakota
Expressway Segment: 2 miles west of the US 75/77/I-129 interchange in South Sioux City
History: US 20 is an orginal 1926 route, replacing NE 1 (I) throughout the state. It has followed essentially the same route since (albeit with many realignments). The most noteable changes are:
|Business US 20|
|South Sioux City: Business US 20 follows the former routing of US 20 through South Sioux City (which was also the former routes of US 75/77 before 1-129 and the western bypass of SSC was completed. Commissioned around 1980.|
|Length: 148 miles
Western Terminus: Wyoming state line west of Henry
Eastern Terminus: at I-80 (Exit 126) south of Ogallala
Designated in Nebraska: 1926
Counties Passed Through: Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Garden, Keith
Expressway Segments: 18 miles between Morrill and the Western Nebraska Regional Airport east of Scottsbluff and 3 miles on the bypass west of Ogallala
History: US 26 is an orginal 1926 route, replacing NE 18 (II) throughout the state. It has followed a similar route ever since, although there have been several realignments. The most noteable changes are:
|City US 26|
|Scottsbluff: Former routing of US 26 in Scottsbluff, along current 5th St. and NE 71. Dates of commissioning and decommissioning unknown.|
Western Terminus: junction with US 26 3 miles north of Bayard
|Length: 451 miles
Western Terminus: Wyoming state line west of Bushnell (multiplexed with I-80 Business Loop)
Eastern Terminus: Iowa state line east of Blair
Designated in Nebraska: 1926
Counties Passed Through: Kimball, Cheyenne, Deuel, Keith, Lincoln, Dawson, Buffalo, Hall, Merrick, Platte, Colfax, Dodge, Washington
Expressway Segments: short segments in North Platte, Kearney and Grand Island; 14 miles from the US 81 junction in Columbus to west of Schuyler; 4 miles on bypass northwest of Fremont. The entire stretch from Columbus to Fremont is being upgraded to expressway standards as part of the Nebraska Expressway system (scheduled to be completed by 2010).
History: US 30 is an orginal 1926 route, replacing NE 6 (I) throughout the state. It has followed the same route since (with minor realignments and straightening). Most notably, US 30 once ran through Omaha until 1932, when a new bridge was built at Blair. (The old segment became US 30S.) US 30 was largely supplanted west of Grand Island by the construction of I-80 in the 1960's and 70's, but it is still a viable alternative for those not wishing to travel along I-80's monotony for 300 miles.
|Business US 30|
|Fremont: Business US 30 runs for 5 miles through Fremont on the original alignment on 23rd St. Designated in 1993.|
Decommissioned: late 1960's
Western Terminus: US 30 junction southwest of Clarks
Western Terminus: US 30 junction in Fremont
History: US 30S ran from the Iowa state line in Omaha to Fremont after the original alignment shifted north in 1932 with the opening of a bridge across the Missouri River at Blair, replacing NE 18 (III). In Nebraska, it was replaced with Alt US 30 and US 275 seven years later.
|Length: 383 miles
Western Terminus: Colorado state line west of Haigler
Eastern Terminus: Iowa state line at Plattsmouth
Designated in Nebraska: 1934
Counties Passed Through: Dundy, Hitchcock, Red Willow, Furnas, Harlan, Phelps, Kearney, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Seward, Lancaster, Cass
Expressway Segments: 24 miles from Hastings to Grand Island; NW 27th St. to I-180 (2 miles) and from 27th St. to 84th St. (4 miles) in Lincoln
History: An extended US 34 was commissioned into Nebraska in 1934 to Grand Island, replacing NE 11 (II) thoughout its length from Plattsmouth to Grand Island. Five years later, US 34 was extended into Colorado using US 6 and the part of NE 3 west of Culbertson. Except for a new entrance into northwest Lincoln built for I-180 in the 1960's, US 34 has remained essentially unchanged.
Western Terminus: Colorado state line west of Lamar
History: US 38 was an original 1926 route that ran from Omaha to Greeley, Colorado, replacing NE 7 (I). (In the original 1925 BPR plan, the route that became US 38 was US 77 from Lincoln to Omaha.) US 138 in Nebraska and Colorado is the only reminder of US 38's existance.
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