State Route 14 and 15 in Nebraska

By | October 14, 2022

State Route 14 in Nebraska

SR-14
Get started Superior
End Niobrara
Length 204 mi
Length 328 km
Route
KansasSuperior

Nelson

Clay Center

Sutton

Aurora

Central City

Fullerton

Albion

Petersburg

Elgin

Neligh

Brunswick

Verdrigre

Niobrara

South Dakota

State Route 14, also known as Highway 14 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route across the state, from the Kansas border at Superior to the South Dakota border at Niobrara. The road avoids most of the larger towns and only passes through villages and small towns. Highway 14 is 328 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

Highway 14 is a continuation of State Route 14 in Kansas that exits Beloit and continues its route across the flat prairies of southern Nebraska. The road is two-lane and heads north, crossing numerous east-west roads, including US 6 and US 136. The road leads through monotonously flat landscape, and connects to Interstate 80 at Aurora. In this town you also cross the US 34. After 120 kilometers in Nebraska you reach the Platte River. Highway 14 then continues north through small villages and hamlets, more or less dividing the agricultural landscape to the east and the less cultivated Sandhills to the west. Highway 14 has hardly any height differences and runs between US 81 and US 281, which also run north-south. The northernmost part has some elevation changes, descending to the Niobrara River valley, before reaching the Missouri River valley, which forms the border with South Dakota. State Route 37 then continues in South Dakota to Springfield and Tyndall.

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History

The Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge over the Missouri River, opened in 1998.

Highway 14 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and ran between the Kansas border at Wymore and the capital Lincoln. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 9, and shortly thereafter to US 77. The major renumbering of 1925 assigned the number to the current route through Nebraska. By the 1940s, relatively large portions of the road had been paved from the Kansas border to US 6, some from the Platte River to Fullerton, and the northernmost part from Neligh to Niobrara. At the time, it was one of the few state highways that was already paved over large parts.

For a long time, Highway 14 ended in Niobrara, because the bridge over the Missouri River was missing. At the time there was only a ferry service that did not run in winter because of the ice. The bridge was finally built between 1996 and 1998 and opened to traffic on August 29, 1998. The bridge is known as the Chief Standing Bear Memorial Bridge.

Traffic intensities

The road is used fairly evenly, on the vast majority of parts between 1,000 and 2,000 vehicles per day. Some double numbers with other roads have slightly higher intensities, but Highway 14 is not busy anywhere. The busiest point is in Aurora with 3,300 vehicles per day, the quietest point is the bridge over the Missouri River with 900 vehicles per day.

State Route 15 in Nebraska

SR-15
Begin Fairbury
End Maskell
Length 210 mi
Length 338 km
Route
KansasFairbury

Western

Dorchester

Seward

David City

Schuyler

Clarkson

pilgrim

Wayne

Laurel

Maskell

South Dakota

State Route 15, also known as Highway 15 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a long north-south route through the east of the state, from the Kansas border at Fairbury to the South Dakota border at Maskell. The road mainly passes through small villages and is 338 kilometers long.

Travel directions

Highway 15 is a continuation of State Route 15 in Kansas coming from Abilene. The road heads north through the flat and agricultural area that dominates eastern Nebraska. The road does not pass through larger towns, but does pass a short distance west of the capital Lincoln, where it also crosses Interstate 80. The road crosses several east-west roads, including a number of US Highways. The largest town on the route is Schuyler, where one crosses the Platte River and crosses US 30 grade separated. The road then continues north across the prairies east of US 81which handles most of the through traffic. The road has some double numbering with other roads. The final section descends into the Missouri River valley, which forms the border with South Dakota. Cross the river via the Vermillion–Newcastle Bridge, after which State Route 19 in South Dakota continues to Vermillion.

History

The Vermillion-Newcastle Bridge over the Missouri River, opened in 2001.

Highway 15 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and ran north-south from Lincoln to Fremont. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 9 and would later become part of US 77. The number was then assigned to the current north-south connection, which runs slightly more to the west.

The northern terminus was originally different, ending at US 81 near Crofton, not far from the South Dakota border. From Laurel, the road then ran through Hartington, on what is now Highway 57. The bridge over the Missouri River at Maskell was not opened until November 10, 2001. This better connected this side of Nebraska with the town of Vermillion, which is actually the largest town close to Highway 15, but located in South Dakota.

Traffic intensities

Most of Highway 15 handles between 1,000 and 2,000 vehicles per day, except for the northern section, which is a bit quieter with 600 vehicles. The busiest point is at Schuyler with 4,000 vehicles per day.

State Route 15 in Nebraska