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U.S. 81 Nebraska
Southbound

U.S. 81 runs from Fort Worth, Texas, to the U.S./Canada border near Pembina, North Dakota. The federal highway enters Nebraska from Kansas as a four-lane divided highway, which continues until York (Interstate 80). U.S. 81 has another long four-lane section from Nebraska 64 south of Columbus to Norfolk.

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U.S. 81 South
U.S. 81 South at Interstate 80 West near York. A diamond interchange connects the two federal highways. This is Exit 353 off of Interstate 80. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Interstate 80 East. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South as it completes crossing Interstate 80 and nears the turnoff to Interstate 80 East. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Interstate 80 East. Lincoln is 48 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska Spur 93F. This intersection is known as McCool Junction. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The village of McCool Junction is home to 385 residents. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska Spur 93F. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching U.S. 6 - 1/2 mile. A folded diamond interchange connects U.S. 81 to U.S. 6. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at U.S. 6. Fairmont (pop. 691) is just to the east, and the city of Hastings (pop. 24,064) is 44 miles to the west. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Nebraska 74 was closed east of Ohiowa for construction, so traffic had to use either Nebraska 41 (north of Nebraska 74) or Nebraska 4 (south of Nebraska 74) to bypass the closed area. This sign was posted prior to the Nebraska 41 junction. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The detour route was via either Nebraska 41 or Nebraska 4 East to Nebraska 15, which can be used to backtrack to Nebraska 74. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska 41. These signs are found along Nebraska's highways in advance of at-grade highway junctions. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The city of Geneva (pop. 2,226) is one mile to the west, and Milligan (pop. 315) is 12 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska 41. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska 74. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Ohiowa is eight miles to the east of this junction. Shickley is seven miles west. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska 74. Only a right arrow pointing west was displayed due to the closure of the state highway east of Ohiowa. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska Spur 85C, which provides access to the village of Bruning, population 300. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Hebron, at the junction of U.S. 81 and U.S. 136, is 12 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska Spur 85C. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska 4 East. The state highway shares a short duplex with U.S. 81. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The city of Beatrice, population 12,496, is 46 miles to the east at the junction of Nebraska 4, U.S. 136, and U.S. 77. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska 4 East. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South and Nebraska 4 West
U.S. 81 South and Nebraska 4 West approaching Nebraska 4 West, one mile after their duplex began. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Carleton is six miles to the west, and Davenport is 13 miles away. Nebraska 4 heads west to U.S. 6/U.S. 34 near Holdrege. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South and Nebraska 4 West at Nebraska 4 West. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska Spur 85D, which connects U.S. 81 to the village of Belvidere. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Hebron is now six miles away. Belvidere is one mile to the east. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska Spur 85D. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska Spur 85H. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
The city of Hebron is home to 1,565 people and is one mile to the west. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska Spur 85H. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching U.S. 136. Before the four-lane widening of U.S. 81, U.S. 81 and U.S. 136 shared a short duplex along the east-west highway's route. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Beatrice is 48 miles to the east, and Red Cloud (pop. 1,131) is 55 miles to the west at the junction of U.S. 136 and U.S. 281. There isn't too much else out here. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at U.S. 136. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska Link 85F, which connects U.S. 81 to U.S. 136. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska Link 85F. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South approaching Nebraska 8 near the village of Chester. Nebraska 8 travels near the Kansas border for its entire route. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
Hubbell (pop. 73) is located on the Kansas border seven miles to the east. The city of Superior (pop. 2,055) is 24 miles to the west at the state highway's western terminus at Nebraska 14. (Photo taken 7/14/05)
U.S. 81 South at Nebraska 8. The Kansas state line is one mile ahead, and there, the speed limit increases from 65 to 70. (Photo taken 7/14/05)

Page created: March 25, 2006
Last updated: March 25, 2006