U.S. Route 6 in Nebraska

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 6 in Nebraska. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 6.

U.S. Highway 6 marker

U.S. Highway 6
Route information
Maintained by NDOR
Length: 373.07 mi[1] (600.40 km)
Existed: 1931 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 6 at Colorado state line
East end: I‑480 / US 6 at the Iowa state line
Highway system
N-5 N-7

In the U.S. State of Nebraska, U.S. Highway 6 is a highway which goes from the Colorado border west of Imperial in the west to the Iowa border in the east at Omaha. Significant portions of the highway are concurrent with other highways, most significantly, U.S. Highway 34 between Culbertson and Hastings. Also, from Milford east to the Iowa border, the highway is closely paralleled by Interstate 80.

Route description[edit]

US 6 runs east as Dodge Street in Omaha

U.S. Highway 6 enters Nebraska from Colorado west of Imperial on a short southeasterly segment. It turns east and stays due east until shortly before Imperial. It then goes into Imperial and meets Nebraska Highway 61. The two routes are paired together until they separate at the Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area. It goes in a generally southeasterly direction until it meets U.S. Highway 34 west of Culbertson.[1][2]

US 6 and US 34 continue east together through Culbertson and at McCook, is briefly concurrent with U.S. Highway 83. US 6/34 continue together in a northeasterly direction through Cambridge, then turns due east and meets U.S. Highway 283 in Arapahoe. Near Edison, it meets U.S. Highway 136, which begins at its intersection with US 6/34. Further east, the two highways meet Nebraska Highway 4 and turns northeast towards Holdrege, Nebraska. In Holdrege, US 6/34 meet U.S. Highway 183. The highways continue on a northeasterly trajectory through Minden until Heartwell. At Heartwell, US 6/34 turns due east until Hastings. In Hastings, US 6/34 meet U.S. Highway 281 and US 34 separates to go with US 281 while US 6 continues eastward.[1][2]

US 6 continues on a due east highway from Hastings. Near Sutton, the highway turns northeast to go through Sutton. It continues east and at Fairmont, US 6 encounters U.S. Highway 81. After passing through Friend, US 6 meets Nebraska Highway 15 and the two highways overlap until shortly before Milford. US 6 goes east, then north out of Milford, then US 6 turns east to go towards Lincoln.[1][2]

In Lincoln, US 6 comes into the city on West "O" Street, portions of which are divided highway. At Sun Valley Boulevard, it turns to go northeasterly. At North 10th Street, US 6 turns north-northwest and becomes North 11th Street, a divided highway. At Cornhusker Highway, US 6 turns east with a short urban connection to Interstate 180 on the west along Cornhusker. US 6 then follows Cornhusker Highway, which is a divided highway, northeast out of the city. At the east end of Cornhusker Highway (near Waverly), US 6 meets Interstate 80.[1][2]

From Interstate 80, US 6 goes northeast through Waverly, Greenwood and Ashland. East of Ashland, US 6 crosses the Platte River. After that, US 6 meets Nebraska Highway 31 in Gretna, where US 6 turns north with NE 31 on a divided highway. US 6/NE 31 meet U.S. Highway 275 and Nebraska Highway 92 near the Elkhorn neighborhood of Omaha and they separate in Elkhorn itself at a freeway interchange which also has Nebraska Link 28B, a connector to US 275.[1][2]

At this point, US 6 goes onto the freeway, the West Dodge Expressway, and turns due east to go towards downtown Omaha. At 137th Street is the exit for Boys Town. Between 120th and 108th Streets, US 6 is an elevated freeway with separate viaducts for eastbound and westbound traffic. Shortly after this ends, US 6 meets Interstate 680. East of I-680, US 6 continues east as West Dodge Road and at Cass Street, turns briefly southeast where West Dodge Road ends and US 6 follows Dodge Street eastward. Before 30th Street, US 6 splits into two one-way streets, with Dodge Street serving westbound traffic, and Douglas Street serving the eastbound. US 6 goes through downtown and then goes up onto Interstate 480, which is an elevated freeway around downtown Omaha, and shortly thereafter, crosses into Iowa via the Grenville Dodge Memorial Bridge.[1][2]


US 38 Nebraska 1926.svg

When the U.S. Highway System was created in 1926, much of the current US 6 in Nebraska was U.S. Highway 38. The route was slightly different in the Omaha area, as it turned east from 204th Street onto Q Street to go through what was the city of Millard. It went through Millard on what is now Millard Avenue (Nebraska Highway 50), then north on 132nd Street, then east on Center Street, and then north on 36th Street to end at Farnam Street. In 1932, US 38 was deleted and replaced by US 6.

The cities of Hastings and Lincoln also had City U.S. Highway 6. These are former routes for US 6 in those cities. City US 6 in Hastings was deleted in 1970 and in Lincoln, it was deleted in 1983.


The Nebraska Department of Roads is planning a total rebuild and partial realignment/rerouting of U.S. 6 from its current path along Sun Valley Boulevard in Lincoln, Nebraska. The project is years away from being built.[3]

Commemorative and other highway names[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Chase 0.000 0.000 US 6 west Continuation into Colorado
Imperial 24.11 38.80 S-15A south (Broadway Street)
24.95 40.15 N-61 north Western end of N-61 overlap
Enders 34.53 55.57 N-61 south Eastern end of N-61 overlap
Hayes Hamlet 49.70 79.98 S-43A north
Hitchcock Palisade 57.23 92.10 N-25A north (Main Street)
63.38 102.00 N-25
70.56 113.56 L-44C east
71.13 114.47 US 34 west Western end of US 34 overlap
71.56 115.16 L-44C west
Culbertson 74.06 119.19 N-17 south
Red Willow McCook 84.83 136.52 US 83 north Western end of US 83 overlap
86.26 138.82 US 83 south (6th Street) Eastern end of US 83 overlap
Furnas Cambridge 111.43 179.33 N-47 south (Patterson Street)
Arapahoe 125.91 202.63 US 283 (Nebraska Avenue)
132.11 212.61 US 136 east
140.04 225.37 N-46 south
Harlan 144.51 232.57 N-4 east
Phelps Holdrege 157.21 253.00 N-23 west (4th Avenue)
157.81 253.97 US 183 (Burlington Street)
Kearney Axtell 169.65 273.03 N-44 south (21 Road) Western end of N-44 overlap
173.73 279.59 N-44 north (25 Road) Eastern end of N-44 overlap
Minden 180.85 291.05 N-10 (Brown Avenue)
Adams Kenesaw 197.47 317.80 S-1A north (Smith Way)
Juniata 205.42 330.59 S-1B north (Juniata Avenue)
Hastings 208.92 336.22 S-1C north
210.91 339.43 US 281 south (Baltimore Avenue) Western end of US 281 overlap
211.41 340.23 US 34 east / US 281 north (Burlington Avenue) Eastern end of US 34/US 281 overlap
Clay Harvard 227.19 365.63 S-18A north (Road K)
230.21 370.49 N-14 south (Road N) Western end of N-14 overlap
233.18 375.27 N-14 north (Road Q) Eastern end of N-14 overlap
Saronville 236.18 380.09 S-18G north (Road T)
Fillmore Fairmont 255.67–
US 81 Interchange
Saline Cordova 268.83 432.64 S-76A north
277.82 447.11 N-15 south Western end of N-15 overlap
Dorchester 278.43 448.09 N-33 east
281.02 452.26 L-76E south
Seward 289.55 465.99 N-15 north Eastern end of N-15 overlap
295.53 475.61 L-80H north
301.56 485.31 N-103
Lancaster Emerald 306.55 493.34 S-55A south (SW 84th Street)
Lincoln 309.03 497.34 L-55K north (NW 48th Street) to I-80 – Lincoln Air Park
309.92 498.77 I-80 west Closed; former exit 396 on I-80
US 77 (Homestead Expressway) / I-80 east Interchange
314.30 505.82 To I-180 / US 34 / Cornhusker Highway / 11th Street
314.52 506.17 14th Street / Antelope Valley Parkway Interchange; no westbound exit
318.16 512.03 L-55X north (56th Street)
319.63 514.39 70th Street south Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance via Cotner Boulevard
Waverly 322.76–
I-80 – Omaha I-80 exit 409
Cass 335.66 540.19 N-63 south (238th Street)
Saunders Ashland 337.49 543.14 N-66
Sarpy Gretna 344.93 555.11 N-31 south (216th Street) Western end of N-31 overlap
348.51 560.87 N-370 east (West Gruenther Road)
Douglas 354.58 570.64 US 275 / N-92 (West Center Road) Interchange
Omaha 356.58 573.86 N-31 north (204th Street) / L-28B west (West Dodge Expressway) – Fremont, Wahoo Eastern end of N-31 overlap; western end of freeway section
357.57 575.45 192nd Street
358.57 577.06 180th Street
359.46 578.49 168th Street
360.56 580.27 156th Street
361.08 581.10 150th Street No eastbound exit
361.58 581.91 144th Street
362.05 582.66 137th Street – Boys Town
362.57 583.50 132nd Street
120th Street / 114th Street – Old Mill
364.85 587.17 I-680 to I-80 Exit 3 along I-680
365.26 587.83 102nd Street / 98th Street / Regency Parkway – Westroads Mall 98th St. not signed eastbound
365.58 588.34 96th Street Eastern end of freeway section
366.08 589.15 N-133 north (90th Street)
369.86 595.23 Saddle Creek Road Interchange; bridge over Saddle Creek Underpass
371.29 597.53 I-480 east (Gerald R. Ford Expressway) / US 75 north (North Freeway) Interchange; I-480/US 75 exits 2A-B
372.94 600.19 I-480 west (Gerald R. Ford Expressway) to I-80 Western end of I-480 overlap, exit 4 along I-480
Missouri River 373.07 600.40 Grenville Dodge Memorial Bridge; Nebraska–Iowa state line
Pottawattamie Council Bluffs I‑480 / US 6 east Continuation into Iowa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book
  2. ^ a b c d e f Google (2010-11-16). "overview of U.S. Route 6 in Nebraska" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  3. ^ "US Hwy 6 in Lincoln - Sun Valley Blvd., West "O" Street to Cornhusker Highway". Nebraska Department of Roads. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

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