State Route 370 and 61 in Nebraska
State Route 370 in Nebraska
State Route 370, also known as Highway 370 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms an east-west route through the southern edge of the Omaha metropolitan area , from Gretna to the Iowa border at Bellevue. Highway 370 is 31 kilometers long.
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Highway 370 forms an east-west route through the southern edge of Omaha and is a 2×2 urban arterial with traffic lights for almost its entire length. The road begins at the suburb of Gretna on Highway 31 and then heads east. The road connects to Interstate 80 and intersects with US 75 at Bellevue. The easternmost section from downtown Bellevue to the Iowa border is two-lane. The border with Iowa is formed by the Missouri River, the Bellevue Bridge spans the river. A county road connects on the Iowa side.
Highway 370 was added to the state highway network in about 1953. It is one of the few remaining state highways with a three-digit number, and is also the highest-numbered state highway in Nebraska.
In 1950, the Bellevue Bridge opened over the Missouri River on the Iowa border. This is one of the few toll roads in Nebraska. The construction costs were paid off in 2000. It took 50 years to pay off the $2.8 million (1950). Since then, the toll for the maintenance costs of the bridge.
In the second half of the 1990s, the section between Papillion and Bellevue was widened to 2×2 lanes, between Highway 85 and US 75. In the early 2000s, the section between I-80 and Highway 85 was widened to 2×2 lanes in anticipation of later suburbanization, which, however, has only taken place to a limited extent since then. A diamond interchange with 144th Street was also built at that time. The westernmost section between Gretna and I-80 was widened to 2×2 lanes in 2012-2013.
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Every day, 13,000 vehicles travel between Gretna and I-80, 12,000 to 16,000 vehicles between I-80 and Papillion, and 27,000 to 33,000 vehicles between Papillion and Bellevue.
State Route 61 in Nebraska
State Route 61, also known as Highway 61 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, running from the Kansas border to the South Dakota border, through sparsely populated countryside. The only noteworthy place on the route is Ogallala. Highway 61 is 378 kilometers long.
Hwy 61 near Arthur.
In southwestern Nebraska, Highway 61 begins on the border with the state of Kansas, where K-161 from Bird City connects. The road heads north through a dry prairie area. In southern Nebraska, the land is still cultivated, primarily with circular irrigation. The road heads north through some small farming towns and has short double numbers with US 34 and US 6. One then reaches the small town of Ogallala, the largest town on the route. There is a connection to Interstate 80 here, one crosses US 30 and crosses the South Platte River. A short stretch of Highway 61 has 2×2 lanes between I-80 and downtown Ogallala.
North of Ogallala, Highway 61 crosses Kingsley Dam, a dam on McConaughey Lake, a fairly large reservoir on the North Platte River. North of the reservoir begins a 40 kilometer long double numbering with Highway 92 to the village of Arthur. The road here leads through the Sandhills, a strongly undulating landscape with grass. Almost nothing grows here, not even undergrowth. The stretch through the Sandhills is over 200 kilometers long, Highway 61 passes through only three small hamlets. In Hyannis you cross Highway 2 and in Merriman the US 20. Not far after Merriman, the border with the state of South Dakota follows, from where State Route 73 in South Dakota continues to Martin.
Highway 61 was one of the original state highways of 1921. The highway then formed a north-south route between Ravenna and Loup City in central Nebraska. Highway 61 was scrapped in 1925 and was reassigned in 1927 or 1928 to the current longer north-south route through Nebraska, 150 miles west of the original route as the crow flies.
At the time, only the southern portion of Highway 61 existed between the Kansas and Arthur border, extending as far as the Sandhills. There was also a short section around Merriman near the South Dakota border, but the middle section through the Sandhills was largely missing, nor did it exist as a dirt road. The section between Arthur and Hyannis was constructed in the early 1950s. Later in the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Highway 61 was built piecemeal between Hyannis and Merriman, the last missing section being opened up until around 1971-1972.
Highway 61 is very light. Between the border with the state of Kansas and Ogallala there are usually 700 to 1,500 vehicles, closer to Ogallala about 2,000 vehicles. This peaks at 7,000 vehicles in Ogallala. However, the part north of Ogallala is almost extinct, especially between Arthur and Merriman, usually no more than 250 vehicles per day.