State Route 5 in Nebraska
State Route 5, also known as Highway 5 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a short north-south route between Deshler and Davenport in the south of the state. Highway 5 is 18 kilometers long.
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Highway 5 forms a north-south route through Thayer County in southern Nebraska. The road begins on the outskirts of the village of Deshler on US 136 and heads due north for 11 miles to an intersection with Highway 4 east of Davenport. The road is two lane and has no bends. The road leads through gently sloping agricultural land. Halfway through you cross the Little Blue River.
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Highway 5 was first assigned in 1925 and at the time was a long north-south route from the Kansas border near Falls City to the Iowa border in South Sioux City. In about 1933, Highway 5 was scrapped because the route had become part of several US Highways, US 73, US 75 and US 77. The Highway 5 number was thereafter assigned to the current route in Thayer County. The road has not been modified since then. In the 1940s it was a gravel road. The road was not completely paved until the 1970s.
500 vehicles use Highway 5 every day.
State Route 7 in Nebraska
State Route 7, also known as Highway 7 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a secondary north-south route in the central north of the state, from Brewster to Springview. Highway 7 is 136 kilometers long.
Highway 7 near the Niobrara River.
Highway 7 consists of two separate parts and a double numbering system. The first section begins in the hamlet of Brewster on Highway 91 and heads 70 kilometers north through the barren Sandhills. This area is virtually uninhabited and has hardly any side roads. From Ainsworth to Bassett, Highway 7 heads east, first double-numbered with US 20 and later with US 183. South of Ainsworth, Highway 7 runs west of US 183, but from Bassett it runs east of US 183. The road then leads through the Niobrara River valley, before looping back west and south of Springview again. ends at US 183.
Wrong way concurrency
Between Long Pine and Bassett there is a so-called ‘wrong-way concurrency’, a double numbering system that ensures that part of the road runs in a different direction than the signposted wind direction. On site, Highway 7 runs east, but here forms a double number with US 20 East and US 183 South, while it is Highway 7 North. Three different wind directions follow one route.
Highway 7 was not one of the original state highways of 1921, but was introduced with the major renumbering of 1925, initially as a very long east-west route from the Colorado state border to Omaha. In 1926 it became part of US 38, which was renumbered US 6 in 1931. Highway 7 was thus for some time the number of the so-called ‘Omaha – Lincoln – Denver Highway’ or ‘OLD Highway’.
When renumbered in 1926, the number was assigned to the current route from Brewster to Springview. This is a somewhat conspicuous route, as US 183 is a shorter route to Springview. Highway 7 makes a detour through Bassett and intersects US 183 twice, including double numbering.
Between 1925 and 1926, three spurs of Highway 7 briefly existed;
- Highway 7A: Axtell – Kearney
- Highway 7B: Ragan – Axtell
- Highway 7C: Champion – Imperial
Highway 7 handles 300 to 500 vehicles per day between Brewster and Ainsworth and 200 to 500 vehicles between Bassett and Springview. The double numberings with US 20 and US 183 are somewhat busier with 2,000 to 3,500 vehicles per day.
State Route 9 in Nebraska
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State Route 9, also known as Highway 9 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a north-south route in the northeast of the state, from West Point to Ponca. Highway 9 is 98 kilometers long.
Highway 9 traverses agricultural land in northeastern Nebraska. Passing only small towns, the road splits off US 275 just north of West Point and heads north for 50 kilometers through flat farmland before turning west on Highway 35. Highway 9 then heads north again and has a short double numbering with US 20. The final stretch to Ponca heads more northeasterly, then ends on Highway 12 near the Missouri River valley that forms the border with South Dakota.
Highway 9 was introduced on the current route in 1926, but presumably existed a year earlier, as there were two spur routes between 1925 and 1926, Highway 9A between Crete and Roca, not far from the capital Lincoln, and Highway 9B between Pender and Bancroft. In the early 1960s, Highway 9 was part gravel road and part gravel road with a cheap chip seal pavement to keep the road dust-free. Only later is Highway 9 fully asphalted.
Traffic intensities on Highway 9 vary somewhat, but are usually between 1,000 and 2,500 vehicles per day, with the busiest section at Wakefield serving 3,000 vehicles. The northernmost part up to Ponca is very quiet with 700 vehicles per day.