State Route 250 in Nebraska
State Route 250, also known as Highway 250 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route through the Sandhills in the west of the state and runs from Lakeside to Rushville. Highway 250 is 78 kilometers long.
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Highway 250 connects Highway 2 in the hamlet of Lakeside with US 20 in the village of Rushville. These are also the only places and intersecting roads on the 78-kilometer route through the virtually uninhabited Sandhills. The road meanders through the barren and rolling landscape. Highway 250 parallels Highway 27 which runs 20 kilometers to the east.
Highway 250 was added to the Nebraska state highway network in about 1960 and has run between Lakeside and Rushville ever since, although the southernmost portion at Lakeside did not become part of the state highway network until about 1996. The road was built in phases from Rushville southwards, initially as a gravel road in the 1940s and 1950s, but was not open until the early 1980s.
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Highway 250 is one of the lightest paved roads in Nebraska. Much of it only handles about 60 vehicles a day, except closer to Rushville where 200 vehicles a day. Motorists sometimes rarely encounter a vehicle on the entire route.
State Route 27 in Nebraska
State Route 27, also known as Highway 27 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route through the west of the state and consists of three separate sections. The southernmost section is only 1 kilometer long and runs at Haigler, the middle section is 44 kilometers long and runs from Chappell to Oshkosh and the northern part is 111 kilometers long and runs from Ellsworth to the South Dakota border at Gordon. Highway 27 is a total of 155 kilometers long.
The southernmost section is only 1 kilometer long and is a continuation of State Route 27 in Kansas that comes from St. Francis and ends shortly after the border between Kansas and Nebraska at US 34 in the village of Haigler in Dundy County.
The center section begins 125 kilometers northwest as the crow flies, at an intersection with US 30 east of Chappell, not far from the interchange between I-76 and I-80. The two-lane road heads north across the barren High Plains and initially has little elevation change until descending into the North Platte River valley. Crossing the river, Highway 27 ends in the village of Oshkosh on US 26.
The northern part begins as the crow flies 75 kilometers further north in the hamlet of Ellsworth on Highway 2, after which Highway 27 runs north over the barren Sandhills, a virtually uninhabited area. The next village is almost 90 kilometers to the north, and you don’t cross any other roads until you reach the village of Gordon, where you cross US 20. From Gordon, Highway 27 continues for about 15 miles to the border with the state of South Dakota, where State Route 391 continues in South Dakota to US 18.
Highway 27 is one of the original state highways of 1921. The road then formed a diagonal route from Stromsburg to Schuyler in the east of the state. Highway 27 was also renumbered in the major 1925 renumbering, then assigned an east-west route from Tryon to Merna in central Nebraska. This route also partly ran through the Sandhills.
In the early 1930s the number was again adapted, this time to the current route. The road numbering was probably modified to connect to State Route 27 in Kansas as an extension, but a continuous north-south connection of Highway 27 was never established in Nebraska. The last section to be built was approximately 25 miles from Ellsworth north to the then existing route in the early 1950s. The road was not paved until later.
Every day, 800 vehicles run on the southern section near Haigler, 400 to 900 vehicles on the mid section between Chappell and Oshkosh, and 100 to 200 vehicles between Ellsworth and Gordon, rising to 900 vehicles on the South Dakota border. Highway 27 has one of the least traveled sections of Nebraska’s state highway network.
State Route 29 in Nebraska
State Route 29, also known as Highway 29 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route in the far west of the state, through the Nebraska Panhandle. Highway 29 connects Mitchell to Harrison and is 90 kilometers long.
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Highway 29 connects across the barren High Plains, and is the westernmost north-south route in Nebraska, not too far from the Wyoming state border. Highway 29 connects US 26 in Mitchell with US 20 in Harrison. These are also the only places on the route, the road leads 90 kilometers through rangeland. The road does not cross any other paved roads between its start and end, although the southern section runs parallel to Highway 71. The landscape consists of grasslands with slopes, which are sometimes almost hilly, although the height differences are nowhere large. The entire Highway 29 is a two-lane tarmac road.
The number Highway 29 was first used in 1921, at the time it was a north-south route between Madison and Niobrara in northeastern Nebraska. During the major renumbering of 1925, this route was renumbered to Highways 4 and 12, which were later partly renumbered.
The current route between Mitchell and Harrison was numbered Highway 29 in 1925. The road was a dirt road until the 1950s, when a small piece of gravel was provided from Mitchell and Harrison. It was not until the mid-1960s that bitumen was added to the road, which was just a thin layer over the gravel to make the road less dusty. Only later is Highway 29 fully paved.
Highway 29 is a very quiet road. For the most part, only 200 vehicles per day use it, with a slightly higher intensity in the immediate vicinity of Mitchell.