Taken near the Maxwell Rest Area
in 1964 - Larry Debban (rod) and John Zackery (transit) are
shown. They are from the Holdrege NDOR office.
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work on the Nebraska portion of I-80 began in 1957, south of
Gretna, NE. The dedication of Nebraska I-80 on October 19, 1974,
marked Nebraska as the first state in the nation to complete
its mainline interstate system.
completed, I-80 stretches from New Jersey to San Francisco—over
2,900 miles of safe, uninterrupted roadway.
The total length of the Nebraska section is 455.27 miles.
estimated total cost of I-80 in Nebraska was $435 million, or
an average per mile cost of about $950,000.
when the photos in this section were taken (almost 50 years
ago) location info was not included with them.
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the History of the Interstate in NE Booklet as a PDF
the 1961 Booklet on the Omaha-Lincoln Segment
1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)
provided for designating the nationwide 45,493 miles of interstate
highway system the “Dwight D. Eisenhower National System
of Interstate and Defense Highways”.
sections of I-80 in 2005, and rebuilding it to meet current
standards (6 lane), not factoring in bridge work or other special
considerations, costs between $4 and $5 million per mile. Normally,
federal interstate funding for construction is 90 percent federal
funds and 10 percent state funds.
Additional Interstate Route Lengths in
I-180 (in Lincoln) 3.18 miles.
I-480 (in Omaha) 4.15 miles.
I-680 (in Omaha) 13.26 miles.
I-76 (to Colorado) 2.48 miles.
I-129 (in South Sioux City) 3.21 miles.
80 Quick Facts:
Fact Sheet as a PDF
80 interchanges are along I-80 in Nebraska.
442 bridges are on or over I-80 in Nebraska.
25 rest areas and one scenic overlook
(near Chappell) are on the Interstate in Nebraska.
These rest areas are
spaced 35-50 miles apart for convenience.
28 types of grasses and forbs (herbs
other than grasses), 31 types of shrubs are found on
12 varieties of coniferous trees, and 39
types of deciduous trees are planted on the rights-of-way of
I-80 in Nebraska.
570 informational and directional signs
are located on Nebraska’s I-80.
East of Lincoln