Nebraska Highway 2
Nebraska Highway 2 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NDOR|
|Length:||422.75 mi (680.35 km)|
|Length:||370.88 mi (596.87 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:||51.87 mi (83.48 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||0.00||SD 71 north||South Dakota state line; western terminus; western end of N-71 overlap|
|Dawes||Crawford||28.47||45.82||US 20 east||Western end of US-20 overlap|
|29.33||47.20||US 20 west (McPherson Street)||Eastern end of US-20 overlap|
|Box Butte||||55.17||88.79||N-71 south (Dodge Road)||Eastern end of N-71 overlap|
|Berea||77.48||124.69||US 385 north||Western end of US-385 overlap|
|Alliance||85.41||137.45||US 385 south (County Road 61)||Eastern end of US-385 overlap|
|87.45||140.74||N-87 north (Flack Avenue)|
|Ellsworth||118.12||190.10||N-27 north (Sheridan Road)|
|Grant||Hyannis||145.61||234.34||N-61 north||Western end of N-61 overlap|
|147.32||237.09||N-61 south||Eastern end of N-61 overlap|
|Thomas||Seneca||196.02||315.46||S-86A north (Athens Street)|
|Thedford||210.79||339.23||US 83 south||Western end of US-83 overlap|
|212.31||341.68||US 83 north||Eastern end of US-83 overlap|
|237.97||382.98||S-5A west (Jewett Avenue)|
|Custer||Anselmo||258.37||415.81||S-21A east (Smith Avenue)|
|Merna||269.39||433.54||N-92 west||Western end of N-92 overlap|
|Broken Bow||278.66||448.46||N-21 south (8th Avenue)|
|Ansley||295.31||475.26||US 183 north / N-92 east||Eastern end of N-92 overlap; western end of US-183 overlap|
|295.80||476.04||US 183 south||Eastern end of US-183 overlap|
|Sherman||Hazard||316.75||509.76||N-10 (County Road 144)|
|Buffalo||Ravenna||327.44||526.96||N-68 east (Grand Avenue)|
|Grand Island||356.00||572.93||US 281 north||Interchange; western end of US 281 overlap|
|359.78||579.01||US 34 west / US 281 south (Tom Osborne Expressway)||Eastern end of US-281 overlap; western end of US-34 overlap|
|Merrick||||365.45||588.13||Bridge over Platte River|
|Hamilton||||367.31||591.13||US 34 east||East end of US-34 overlap|
|||370.75||596.66||I-80||Exit 318 on I-80|
|||370.88||596.87||End state maintenance||Eastern terminus of western segment|
|Gap in route|
|Lancaster||Lincoln||452.65||728.47||US 77 (Homestead Expressway)||Western terminus of eastern segment; interchange|
|454.90||732.09||L-55W south (14th Street)|
|||466.40||750.60||N-43 south||Western end of N-43 overlap; interchange|
|Otoe||Palmyra||471.66||759.06||N-43 north (County Road 6)||Eastern end of N-43 overlap|
|472.69||760.72||S-66A south (A Street)|
|Syracuse||484.71||780.07||N-50 (30th Road)||Interchange|
|Dunbar||492.63||792.81||N-67 (46th Road)|
|US 75 north (J. Sterling Morton Beltway) / N-2 Bus. east (4th Corso) – Omaha, Nebraska City||Interchange; western end of US-75 overlap|
US 75 south (64th Road) / US 75 Bus. north (11th Street)
|Eastern end of US-75 overlap|
|503.13||809.71||N-2 Bus. west (4th Corso)|
|||504.52||811.95||Iowa 2 east||Iowa state line on Nebraska City Bridge over Missouri River; eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book" (PDF). Nebraska Department of Roads. 2015. pp. 2–10. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
- Google (2010-11-10). "overview of Nebraska Highway 2 western segment" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
- Google (2010-11-10). "overview of Nebraska Highway 2 eastern segment" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-10.