State Route 2, 19 and 21 in Nebraska

State Route 21 in Nebraska

State Route 19 in Nebraska

Get started Lorenzo
End Sydney
Length 11 mi
Length 18 km

State Route 19, also known as Highway 19 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a short north-south route in the Nebraska Panhandle, spanning 11 miles from the Colorado border to Sidney.

Travel directions

Highway 19 begins on the border with the state of Colorado, it is a continuation of State Highway 113 that comes out of Sterling. Crossing the barren High Plains, the road connects to Interstate 80 west of Sidney and ends at US 30 shortly after.

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Highway 19 was one of the original state highways of 1921, and at the time ran as an east-west route from Rockford to Auburn in the southeast of the state. With the major renumbering of 1925, the number was assigned to the current road. Highway 19 was initially much longer, running north-south through the entire Panhandle, from the Colorado border to the South Dakota border. South of Sidney, the road originally ran differently through the grid, an angular route. At the end of the 1930s, the current asphalt road was built. Given its limited importance, it is striking that Highway 19 was already paved at the time, while more important state highways in the more populous eastern Nebraska were not paved until 30 years later. In 1958, most of the route was renumbered as theUS 385.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 1,800 vehicles drive on Highway 19, relatively many by Nebraska standards. It is the main link between Sterling and Sidney, two small towns with a regional function.

State Route 2 in Nebraska

Begin Crawford
End Nebraska City
Length 371 + 51 mi
Length 597 + 83 km
South Dakota state lineCrawford



Broken Bow



Grand Island



Nebraska City

Iowa state line

State Route 2 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road consists of two sections, from the South Dakota border north of Crawford to Interstate 80 at Grand Island for 597 kilometers, and a second section from the state capital Lincoln to the Iowa border at Nebraska City for 83 kilometers. State Route 2 is an important east-west connection and is partly equipped with 4 lanes.

Travel directions

State Routes 2 and 71 on the South Dakota border.

State Route 2 begins on the South Dakota border in northwestern Nebraska. The road heads south first, then southeast to east through empty west and central Nebraska. There are only a few small towns on the route. To the east, the area is more cultivated, but the population density remains very low. Especially in western Nebraska, major intersections are usually about 30 miles apart. State Route 2 intersects several north-south routes. The main places on the western stretch are Alliance and Grand Island. State Route 2 passes through the town of Grand Island, crosses the North Platte River, and ends south of Grand Island on Interstate 80.

The second part begins in the capital Lincoln on US 77, about 80 miles (80 km) east. State Route 2 is a busy access road in the center and south of Lincoln and has 2×2 lanes continuously. East of Lincoln, State Route 2 is a divided highway with 2×2 lanes through the countryside. It passes by Syracuse and Nebraska City, then follows the four-lane bridge over the Missouri River, which forms the border with the state of Iowa. Not much further east, the road connects to Interstate 29 in Iowa.


State Route 2 has a through function in most parts of the state of Nebraska, although usage is especially low in the west of the state due to the very low population density. The eastern portion from Lincoln to Nebraska City serves as a through route for traffic to and from Kansas City, making the detour via Omahacan avoid. In the 1980s, only the urban portion in Lincoln had 2×2 lanes. In 1986, the Nebraska City Bridge over the Missouri River opened with 2×2 lanes. Then the State Route 2 around Nebraska City was also rerouted, still single-lane. Beginning in the mid-1990s, State Route 2 between Lincoln and Nebraska City has been doubled to 2×2 lanes, partly on a new route. This project was completed in 1999. A number of important intersections have been constructed on a grade-separated basis. It was part of the 1988 expressway plan.


It is planned to reroute State Route 2 south of Lincoln on a new 2×2 lane freeway. This is called the Lincoln South Beltway.

Traffic intensities

In 2010, 200 vehicles drove daily near the South Dakota border and 700 vehicles south of Crawford. This increases to 2,900 vehicles in Alliance and then drops back to 800 – 900 vehicles between Alliance and Thedford. From Thedford to Broken Bow, intensities rise from 1,000 to 2,000 vehicles and 3,000 vehicles in Ansley. More east, 2,500 to 4,000 vehicles drove up to Grand Island. The connection with the I-80 handles 1,200 vehicles.

In Lincoln, up to 42,000 vehicles drove near the center, dropping to 13,000 vehicles just outside the city. As far as Nebraska City, 8,500 to 10,500 vehicles and 10,000 vehicles drove on the bridge over the Missouri River.

State Route 21 in Nebraska

Get started Eustis
End Broken Bow
Length 73 mi
Length 118 km



Broken Bow

State Route 21, also known as Highway 21 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route in the center of the state, from near Eustis to Broken Bow, via Lexington. Highway 21 is 118 kilometers long.

Travel directions

Highway 21 consists of two parts, connected by an east-west double-numbered route with US 30 between Cozad and Lexington. Highway 21 begins near the village of Eustis on Highway 23 and heads north for 20 kilometers to Cozad, crossing Interstate 80 and Platte River. The double numbering with US 30 is also 20 kilometers long, from Lexington Highway 21 heads north again and is more or less an extension of US 283. The Platte River valley then gives way to the barren Sandhills, a barely cultivated area. Highway 21 ends in the village of Broken Bow on Highway 2.


Highway 21 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and was the connection between Lincoln and Omaha at the time. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 7, later US 6.

In 1925 the number was assigned to the current route. Originally, Highway 21 began on the Kansas border and ran from Lexington to Broken Bow, the latter part of which was largely a dirt road. Around 1942, US 283 was extended to Lexington, replacing the southern part of Highway 21 in Nebraska. Later, Highway 21 was led to Eustis via Cozad. The section between Eustis and Cozad was not built as a gravel road until the 1950s. For a long time, Highway 21 had only been paved in the agricultural areas of the Platte River, mainly the first part from Lexington to the north. It was not until later in the 1960s and 1970s that Highway 21 was continuously paved.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 1,000 to 2,000 vehicles run between Eustis and Cozad and 1,900 vehicles on the northern fringe of Lexington, dropping rapidly to just 500 vehicles as far as Oconto and 900 to 1,300 vehicles as far as Broken Bow.

State Route 21 in Nebraska