Interstate 80 is the longest Interstate highway in Nebraska, with just about 455 miles through the state. The highway parallels U.S. 30 west of Grand Island and U.S. 6 east of Grand Island. Beginning in San Francisco, California, Interstate 80 crosses the Central Valley on its way to the Sierra Nevada. On the rain shadow side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Interstate 80 crosses the Great Basin states of Nevada and Utah before crossing the Equality State of Wyoming. East of Cheyenne, Interstate 80 enters Nebraska near Pine Bluffs, serves Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala, and North Platte before following the Platte River east toward Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha. Only Pine Bluffs and Sidney have an Interstate 80 business loop. Interstate 80 in Nebraska is notable for its 25 safety rest areas, which are spaced about 35-50 miles apart and often offer tourist information.
Construction on Interstate 80 in Nebraska began in 1957 near Gretna and was completed in 1974 near Sidney. The stretch between Lincoln and Omaha opened in August 1961. Due to the rapid rate of completion of Interstate 80, Nebraska was the first state in the country to complete its mainline Interstate highway system (which consists entirely of Interstate 80 and Interstate 76). For more information and historical photos on this major route, we recommend visiting the official History of Interstate 80 (by the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Interstate 80 Nebraska Highway Guides
Interstate 80 Business Loops
- Pine Bluffs - U.S. 30, Nebraska Link 53B
- Sidney - Nebraska 19, U.S. 30, Nebraska Link 17J - Decommissioned/li>
Page Updated 04-10-2015.