Nebraska Highway 2
|Maintained by NDOR|
|Length:||422.24 mi (679.53 km)|
|Length:||370.83 mi (596.79 km)|
|West end:||SD 71 north of Crawford|
| US-20 in Crawford
US-385 in Alliance
US-83 in Thedford
|East end:||I-80 southeast of Grand Island|
|Length:||51.41 mi (82.74 km)|
|West end:||US-77 in Lincoln|
| N-50 in Syracuse
US-75 in Nebraska City
|East end:||Iowa 2 at Missouri River in Nebraska City|
|Counties:||Western segment: Sioux, Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine, Custer, Sherman, Buffalo, Hall, Hamilton
Eastern segment: Lancaster, Otoe
Nebraska Highway 2 is a highway in Nebraska. It is a discontinuous highway with 2 segments. The western segment begins at the South Dakota border northwest of Crawford and ends southeast of Grand Island at an intersection with Interstate 80. The eastern segment begins in Lincoln and ends at the Iowa border at Nebraska City. Previously, the two segments were connected via a route shared with U.S. Highway 34 between Grand Island and Lincoln.
The western segment of NE 2 begins at the South Dakota border north of Crawford in a concurrency with Nebraska Highway 71. The road goes east, southeast, and then south into Crawford. In Crawford, there is a concurrency with U.S. Highway 20. Highway 2 and 71 both continue south from Crawford through Marsland, Nebraska. The two highways split west of Hemingford, Nebraska and NE 2 turns east towards Hemingford. At Hemingford, NE 2 turns southeast towards Alliance. At Berea, NE 2 meets U.S. Highway 385 and the two overlap into Alliance.
At Alliance, NE 2 goes east into the Sand Hills. It goes through several small towns, including Hyannis, Mullen and Thedford. In Thedford, NE 2 briefly overlaps U.S. Highway 83. East of Thedford, near Halsey, is the Nebraska National Forest. At Dunning, NE 2 intersects Nebraska Highway 91 and turns southeasterly towards Broken Bow and Grand Island.
After turning southeasterly at Dunning, NE 2 meets Nebraska Highway 92 in Merna. The two highways overlap through Broken Bow and separate when they meet U.S. Highway 183 in Ansley. NE 2 meets Nebraska Highway 10 in Hazard, Nebraska Highway 68 in Ravenna and Nebraska Highway 11 in Cairo. On the northwest edge of Grand Island, NE 2 becomes a 4 lane divided highway and then encounters U.S. Highway 281. NE 2 then follows US 281 along the western edge of Grand Island until it meets U.S. Highway 34 and then those two routes overlap through the southern edge of Grand Island. NE 2 and US 34 cross the Platte River and shortly thereafter, they separate and NE 2 turns south towards Interstate 80. At I-80, the western segment of NE 2 ends.
The eastern segment of Nebraska Highway 2 begins in the southwestern part of Lincoln at an intersection with U.S. Highway 77. In Lincoln, NE 2 follows Van Dorn St. until it meets the south–north pair of 9th St. and 10th St. It then makes a turn south and then southeast along Nebraska Highway and becomes a 4 lane divided highway, which it will become for the rest of its length. Along this part of the highway is the headquarters of the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Roads and Nebraska State Penitentiary. NE 2 eventually leaves Lincoln and encounters several small towns and highways. It meets Nebraska Highway 43 north of Bennet and overlaps it for 5 miles (8.0 km), until shortly before Palmyra. Near Syracuse, there is a bypass of that community and there is a freeway exit for Nebraska Highway 50. It continues east and near Nebraska City, it meets U.S. Highway 75 and the two highways are together briefly until the southern edge of Nebraska City. Also at this intersection, Business Route 2 begins and goes through Nebraska City. After they separate, NE 2 heads east and then northeast, meets the eastern end of Business Route 2 and crosses the Missouri River over the Nebraska City Bridge and enters Iowa. In Iowa, the highway continues as Iowa Highway 2.
The eastern segment of NE 2 serves as part of a connecting route, along with U.S. Highway 77, between Interstate 29 in Iowa and Interstate 80 in Lincoln. It allows traffic coming from Kansas City, Missouri to go to Lincoln and points west of Lincoln to bypass Omaha.
The eastern segment of Nebraska Highway 2 has the commemorative name of Jerome and Betty Warner Memorial Highway. The portion of the highway east of the west U.S. 75 junction to the Nebraska City Bridge in the Nebraska City area is known as the J. Sterling Morton Beltway, in honor of the creator of Arbor Day and the former Secretary of Agriculture.
|Sioux||0.00||SD 71 north||South Dakota border, western terminus of western segment, west end of NE 71 overlap|
|Dawes||Crawford||28.55||US-20 east||West end of US 20 overlap|
|29.41||US-20 west (McPherson Street)||East end of US 20 overlap|
|Box Butte||55.25||N-71 south (Dodge Road)||East end of NE 71 overlap|
|Berea||77.55||US-385 north||West end of US 385 overlap|
|Alliance||85.47||US-385 south (County Road 61)||East end of US 385 overlap|
|87.51||N-87 north (Flack Avenue)|
|Ellsworth||118.18||N-27 north (Sheridan Road)|
|Grant||Hyannis||145.66||N-61 north||West end of NE 61 overlap|
|147.37||N-61 south||East end of NE 61 overlap|
|Thomas||Seneca||196.07||S-86A north (Athens Street)|
|Thedford||211.20||US-83 south||West end of US 83 overlap|
|212.36||US-83 north||East end of US 83 overlap|
|238.02||S-5A west (Jewett Avenue)|
|Custer||Anselmo||258.45||S-21A east (East Smith Avenue)|
|Merna||269.47||N-92 west||West end of NE 92 overlap|
|Broken Bow||278.74||N-21 south (South 8th Avenue)|
|Ansley||295.38||US-183 north / N-92 east||East end of NE 92 overlap, west end of US 183 overlap|
|295.87||US-183 south||East end of US 183 overlap|
|Sherman||Hazard||316.76||N-10 (County Road 144)|
|Buffalo||Ravenna||327.45||N-68 east (Grand Avenue)|
|Grand Island||356.09||US-281 north||Interchange, west end of US 281 overlap|
|360.67||US-34 west / US-281 south (Tom Osborne Expressway)||East end of US 281 overlap, west end of US 34 overlap|
|Merrick||No major junctions|
|Hamilton||367.31||US-34 east||East end of US 34 overlap|
|370.75||I-80||I-80 exit 318|
|370.88||End state maintenance||Eastern terminus of western segment|
|Lancaster||Lincoln||452.65||US-77 (Homestead Expressway)||Interchange, western terminus of eastern segment|
|454.83||L-55W south (South 14th Street)|
|466.33||N-43 south||Interchange, west end of NE 43 overlap|
|Otoe||Palmyra||471.59||N-43 north (County Road 6)||East end of NE 43 overlap|
|472.62||S-66A south (A Street)|
|Syracuse||484.64||N-50 (North 30th Road)||Interchange|
|Dunbar||492.56||N-67 (North 46th Road)|
|Nebraska City||499.94||US-75 north||Interchange, west end of US 75 overlap|
|502.02||US-75 south (South 64th Road)||East end of US 75 overlap|
|504.06||Iowa 2 east||Iowa border at Nebraska City Bridge over Missouri River, eastern terminus|
- Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book
- Google Inc. Google Maps – overview of Nebraska Highway 2 western segment (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=nebraska+2+and+south+dakota+71&daddr=41.98183,-100.53034+to:nebraska+2+and+south+b+road&geocode=FU0mkAIdtl7S-SkDMxd4ZlZjhzFKVnNxaieTbA%3BFYaXgAIdXAcC-in3StPHrFadhzHPvkzAyplJCg%3BFVLabgIdH5wk-ilFfgqk1JGZhzEh7oZrE_Smvg&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=40.818421,-98.259659&sspn=0.02962,0.084543&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=7&via=1. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
- Google Inc. Google Maps – overview of Nebraska Highway 2 eastern segment (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=40.78726,+-96.731&daddr=Nebraska+2+%26+Iowa+2,+Percival,+Fremont,+Iowa+51648&geocode=FTxdbgIdiAA8-g%3BFTeebAId4cRJ-imBQlO1PVqUhzGenuyN6uC4Jw&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=40.720135,-96.27789&sspn=0.474615,1.352692&ie=UTF8&ll=40.720201,-96.28006&spn=0.474615,1.352692&t=h&z=10. Retrieved 2010-11-10.