U.S. Route 30 in Nebraska

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U.S. Highway 30 marker

U.S. Highway 30
Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway
Route information
Maintained by NDOR
Length: 451.73 mi[2] (726.99 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 30 at Wyoming state line
  N-71 in Kimball
US-385 in Sidney
US-26 in Ogallala
US-83 in North Platte
US-281 in Grand Island
US-81 in Columbus
US-77 in Fremont
US-75 in Blair
East end: US 30 at Iowa state line
Highway system
N-29 N-31

In the U.S. state of Nebraska, U.S. Highway 30 is a highway which goes between the Wyoming border west of Bushnell to the Iowa border east of Blair. Much of the highway in Nebraska is a former route of the Lincoln Highway and has been given the designation of Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway by the state of Nebraska. From the Wyoming border to Grand Island, U.S. 30 has been replaced by Interstate 80 as a high-speed corridor and mostly serves local traffic. On this portion of the highway, U.S. 30 is continuously north of Interstate 80. East of Grand Island, U.S. 30 veers northeast away from I-80 and serves the cities of Columbus, Fremont and Blair. Much of the route lies on an alignment next to the South Platte and Platte Rivers.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Highway 30 enters Nebraska just east of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. It shares the first mile in Nebraska with Business Loop 80. After passing through Bushnell, it enters Kimball, where it meets Nebraska Highway 71. It then continues east through Dix and Potter before meeting Nebraska Highway 19 west of Sidney. It then passes through Sidney concurrent with Business Loop 80. At the east end of Sidney, it meets U.S. Highway 385, and it remains concurrent with that highway through Lodgepole to Chappell. U.S. 30 then runs straight east towards Ogallala, briefly running concurrent with Nebraska Highway 27, intersecting U.S. Highway 138 north of Big Springs, and passing through Brule. After Brule, the highway is closely paralleled by the South Platte River to the south. East of Ogallala, U.S. 30 passes through Paxton before meeting Nebraska Highway 25 in Sutherland. After going through Hershey, it enters North Platte, where it meets U.S. Highway 83. It then crosses over the North Platte River above where the North and South Platte Rivers meet to form the Platte River.[2][3]

After leaving North Platte, U.S. 30 turns in a southeasterly direction on an alignment north of the Platte River. It passes through Maxwell and Brady before entering Gothenburg, where it meets Nebraska Highway 47. It continues southeast into Cozad, where it meets Nebraska Highway 21. U.S. 30 and Highway 21 run concurrent into Lexington, where Highway 21 separates and U.S. 30 meets the north end of U.S. Highway 283. U.S. 30 continues southeast through Overton and meets U.S. Highway 183 at Elm Creek. The highway turns east there and passes through Odessa before entering Kearney. In Kearney, U.S. 30 meets Nebraska Highway 44 and Nebraska Highway 10, and Highway 10 goes northeast out of Kearney with U.S. 30, leaving before entering Gibbon. U.S. 30 passes through Gibbon, Shelton, Wood River (where it meets Nebraska Highway 11) and Alda before entering Grand Island, all of these on an alignment which generally goes northeasterly.[2][3]

In Grand Island, U.S. Highway 30 intersects U.S. Highway 281 and Nebraska Highway 2 on the west side of Grand Island. It goes through downtown Grand Island on a pair of one-way streets, then goes northeast towards Columbus through Chapman before entering Central City. In Central City, U.S. 30 intersects Nebraska Highway 14. The highway continues northeast towards Clarks, but meets Nebraska Highway 92 southwest of Clarks. After Clarks, U.S. 30 meets Nebraska Highway 39 in Silver Creek. After going through Duncan, U.S. 30 turns east and intersects U.S. Highway 81 south of Columbus. The highway turns north with U.S. 81 to go into Columbus on a divided highway. They separate in Columbus and U.S. 30 turns east.[2][3]

U.S. 30 east of Columbus is a divided highway. It goes east through Richland before changing into a freeway in the Schuyler area. North of Schuyler, U.S. 30 has an interchange with Nebraska Highway 15. U.S. 30 then becomes a two-lane highway east of Schuyler through Rogers and meets Nebraska Highway 79 in North Bend. It continues east and becomes a divided highway in the Fremont area, serving as the Fremont bypass. North of Fremont, U.S. 30 intersects U.S. Highway 77 and U.S. Highway 275, with U.S. 275 running concurrent around Fremont with U.S. 30. East of Fremont, U.S. 30 continues east again, passing through Arlington before meeting Nebraska Highway 31. U.S. 30 turns northeast, meeting Nebraska Highway 133 in a roundabout southwest of Blair. In Blair, U.S. 30 then meets Nebraska Highway 91 and U.S. Highway 75, which runs concurrent with U.S. 30 in Blair. U.S. 30 then leaves Blair, and then leaves Nebraska to enter Iowa via the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge.[2][3]

History[edit]

There were two previous alternate routes of US 30 in Nebraska. U.S. Route 30S was the original route of US 30 in Nebraska. When US 30 was realigned to go between Fremont and Missouri Valley, Iowa, US 30S was created to replace the old US 30 between Fremont and Omaha. That route was decommissioned when US 275 was extended northwest from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Part of that route is today's Nebraska Highway 64. Later on, U.S. Route 30A was created, which followed today's Nebraska Highway 92 east from Clarks to Omaha. Both of these alternate routes went into Iowa at Omaha.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] Junction Notes
Kimball 0.00 US 30 west Wyoming border
0.40 L-53B south (State Line Road)
Bushnell 9.07 L-53C south
Kimball 21.26 N-71 (South Chestnut Street)
Dix 30.29 L-53A south (Spruce Street)
Cheyenne Potter 39.59 L-17B south
50.13 L-17C south
Sidney 55.56 N-19 south (Road 107)
60.07 L-17J south (Upland Parkway)
60.38 US-385 north West end of US 385 overlap
Sunol 69.88 L-17E south (Road 135)
Lodgepole 77.06 L-17F south (Road 149)
Deuel Chappell 86.13 US-385 south (Babcock Avenue) East end of US 385 overlap
92.85 N-27 north (Road 179) West end of NE 27 overlap
94.84 N-27 south (Road 183) East end of NE 27 overlap
107.09 US-138 west
Keith Brule 116.57 L-51A south (South State Street)
Ogallala 123.82 US-26 west / N-61 north West end of US 26/NE 61 overlap
125.81 US-26 east / N-61 south East end of US 26/NE 61 overlap
Roscoe 133.29 L-51B south (Road East H N)
Paxton 144.91 L-51C south (South Oak Street)
Lincoln Sutherland 156.52 N-25 south
Hershey 163.77 L-56C south (Lincoln Avenue)
North Platte 176.71 US-83 (North Jeffers Street)
179.00 L-56G south (Newberry Access)
Maxwell 190.48 S-56A south (Pine Street)
Brady 199.39 L-56D south
Dawson Gothenburg 212.34 L-24D (Avenue D) to N-47
Cozad 222.91 N-21 south (Avenue F) West end of NE 21 overlap
Darr 231.14 L-24A south
Lexington 236.37 N-21 north (North Erie Street) East end of NE 21 overlap
236.94 US-283 south (North Grant Street) Southbound direction of US 283
237.09 US-283 north (North Jefferson Street) Northbound direction of US 283, northern terminus of US 283
Overton 247.38 L-24B south
Buffalo Elm Creek 256.09 L-10E north to US-183
Odessa 262.94 L-10B south (Odessa Road)
Kearney 272.00 N-10 north / N-44 south (North 2nd Avenue) West end of NE 10 overlap
279.29 N-10 south East end of NE 10 overlap
Gibbon 285.05 L-10C south (Center Street)
Shelton 290.90 L-10D south (H Street)
Hall Wood River 298.45 N-11 north (Cottonwood Street) West end of NE 11 overlap
299.53 N-11 south (Elm Street) East end of NE 11 overlap
Alda 306.24 L-40C south (South Alda Road)
Grand Island 312.10 US-281 / N-2 Interchange
Merrick Central City 336.73 N-14 (17th Avenue)
345.65 L-61D south to N-92
Silver Creek 358.96 N-39
Platte Columbus 376.48 US-81 south West end of US 81 overlap
378.47 US-81 north (23rd Street) East end of US 81 overlap
Colfax Schuyler 393.27 County Road Interchange
395.39 N-15 (Road 11) Interchange
Dodge North Bend 410.02 N-79 (Main Street)
Fremont 425.58 US-77 / US-275 north Interchange, west end of US 275 overlap
429.22 US-275 south Interchange, east end of US 275 overlap
Washington Kennard 441.34 N-31 south
443.20 S-89A north
Blair 447.50 N-133 south
449.28 US-75 north (North 19th Street) / N-91 west (Washington Street) West end of US 75 overlap
449.76 US-75 south (South 13th Street) East end of US 75 overlap
451.73 US 30 east Iowa border at Blair Bridge over Missouri River

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U.S. Route 30
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Nebraska Next state:
Iowa
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Wyoming
Nebraska Next state:
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