I-80 - Big Springs, Nebraska
Looking east at Interstate 80 from the Link 25B overpass just south of Big Springs.

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, I-80 crosses the Central Valley on its way to the Sierra Nevada. On the rain shadow side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I-80 crosses the Great Basin states of Nevada and Utah before crossing the Equality State of Wyoming. East of Cheyenne, I-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. 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.

Interstate 80 Nebraska Guides

Interstate 80 Business Loops

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 1961.1 Another 40 miles of I-80, between Grand Island and Kearney, was completed following an opening ceremony held on August 20, 1963. This brought the total miles of Interstate Highway opened in Nebraska to approximately 130.2

With the completion of the 18 mile section between Giltner and Henderson, Interstate 80 provided a continuous freeway from North Platte east to Omaha. With Governor Frank Morrison participating among other state and area officials, a dedication ceremony took place for this stretch of I-80 on December 3, 1966.3 Due to the rapid rate of completion of I-80, Nebraska was the first state in the country to complete its mainline Interstate highway system (which consists entirely of I-80 and I-76).1

I-80/US 77 at I-180/US 34 - Lincoln, NE

Interstate 80/U.S. 77 at the cloverleaf interchange with I-180/U.S. 34 in Lincoln. 03/29/16

The diamond interchange (Exit 403) joining Interstate 80 with N 27th Street at Lincoln opened to motorists by September 3, 1993. The exchange cost $7.2 million.4

Interstate 80 scenes
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Giles Road stems south from Harrison Street to a parclo interchange (Exit 442) with Interstate 80 along the La Vista city line. 06/18/15
84th Street meets Interstate 80 at a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 448) in Omaha. 03/29/16
84th Street north at the loop ramp for I-80 west toward Lincoln. 03/29/16
A Union Pacific Railroad line parallels Interstate 80 just to the south from I-680 to I-480 in Omaha. Pictured here is the high level UP Railroad bridge spanning 84th Street south of the exchange with I-80. 03/29/16
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42nd Street south at Interstate 80 by the Hanscom Park neighborhood in Omaha. 09/05/05

  1. 50 Years of Interstate - Nebraska and the Nation.
  2. "40 Mile Link Will Open on Interstate." Sunday Journal and Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), August 18, 1963.
  3. "Interstate 80 Stretch to Open." Sunday Journal and Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), November 27, 1966.
  4. "New I-80 Interchange Ready for Fair, Football." Omaha World-Herald (NE) , August 27, 1993 .

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09/05/05, 06/18/15, 03/29/16 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 76
Interstate 180
Interstate 480
Interstate 680
U.S. 75
U.S. 77

Page Updated 02-15-2020.

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