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J N Winkler:
I have actually made a point of avoiding I-80 when I want to go across Nebraska.  I have done SR 2 from Grand Island to beyond Alliance (the Sand Hills are well worth seeing, especially in low light) and US 26 from Ogallala to Scottsbluff via Bridgeport.  There are several reasons for this:

*  I have never been a fan of flat-country Interstate driving.  (In fact I'm not a fan of Interstate clinching in general--as far as I'm concerned, John Steinbeck had it right when he characterized the Interstates as a way of getting all around the US without seeing America.)

*  I-80 is actually fairly congested as rural Interstates go--even in the bits past Grand Island where NDOR doesn't anticipate widening for the next few decades.

*  For me, diagrammatic junction signs are a highlight of any visit to Nebraska.  I don't get to see these signs on Interstates.

corco:
^^This is possibly the most accurate statement anyone has ever made ever.

Nebraska has a reputation as being "boring" but once you get off the freeway it's actually quite beautiful

Revive 755:

--- Quote ---*  I-80 is actually fairly congested as rural Interstates go--even in the bits past Grand Island where NDOR doesn't anticipate widening for the next few decades.
--- End quote ---

I agree that I-80 has a surprising amount of traffic for the amount of population along it.  But if funding wasn't an issue, NDOR would be widening it past Grand Island.  Last time I checked, long-range plan was to six lane it to near Kearney.  But since the west end of the six lane section seems to keep moving west every time I check, I wouldn't be surprised if it is now planned for six lanes to I-76.

corco:
Honestly it wouldn't hurt to 6 lane it clear to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The truck traffic is pretty heavy even from Cheyenne to I-76

Chris:
Traffic volumes

The part west of Lincoln has only 25,000 - 8,000 AADT. You really not need 6 lanes for that amount of traffic.

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