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Nebraska US Highways 136-183

136 138 159 183
US 136
Length: 240 miles
Western Terminus: Junction with US 6/34 1 mile north of Edison
Eastern Terminus: Missouri state line east of Brownville
Designated in Nebraska: 1960

Counties Passed Through: Furnas, Harlan, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls, Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Nemaha
Communities Passed Through: Edison, Oxford, Orleans, Alma, Republican City, Bloomington, Franklin, Riverton, Invale, Red Cloud, Ruskin, Deshler, Gilead, Fairbury, Jansen, Harbine, Beatrice, Filley, Crab Orchard, Tecumseh, Auburn, Brownville


  • NE 46 - 1/2 mile in Orleans
  • US 183 - 2 miles, into Alma
  • NE 14 - 4 miles between Superior and Nelson
  • NE 4 - 11 miles from Beatrice to west of Filley
  • NE 105 - 1 mile, south of Johnson

History: Created in 1951, US 136 was extended into Nebraska in 1960, completely replacing NE 3.

US 138
Length: 12 miles
Western Terminus: Colorado state line southwest of I-80 Exit 101
Eastern Terminus: Junction with US 30 north of Big Springs
Designated in Nebraska: 1926

County Passed Through: Deuel
Community Passed Through:
Big Springs

History: An original 1926 route, US 138 was comissioned from Sterling, Colorado to north of Big Springs. It is 72 miles long total, and it runs parallel to I-76 or I-80 for its entire route. On the other hand, it's the last vestige of US 38 (which was decommissioned 70 years ago.) Does US 138 deserve its shield? After all these years, apparently so.

US 159
Length: 14 miles
Southern Terminus:
Kansas state line south of Falls City (with US 159)
Northern Terminus: Missouri state line east of Rulo
Designated in Nebraska: around 1942

County Passed Through: Richardson
Communities Passed Through:
Falls City, Rulo

Multiplex: US 73 - 4 miles from the Kansas state line to Falls City

History: Designated in 1934, US 159 was extended north into and through the extreme southeast corner of Nebraska in the early 1940's.

US 183
Length: 226 miles
Southern Terminus: Kansas state line south of Alma
Northern Terminus:
South Dakota state line north of Springview
Designated in Nebraska: 1931

Counties Passed Through: Harlan, Phelps, Buffalo, Custer, Loup, Rock, Brown, Keya Paha
Communities Passed Through:
Alma, Holdrege, Elm Creek, Miller, Ansley, Westerville, Sargent, Taylor, Rose, Basset, Springview


  • US 136 - 2 miles from Alma north
  • NE 70 - 1 mile by Westervile
  • NE 91 - 1 mile into Taylor
  • US 20/NE 7 - 12 miles from Bassett to west of Long Pine
  • NE 12 - 5 miles from Springview north

History: US 183 was commisioned though Nebraska around 1931 along the present US 83 corridor. At that time, US 183 ran along present-day NE 97 from North Platte to Mullen; the segment from there north to Valentine was unsigned. Originally, US 83 and US 183 ran more or less opposite their current routings in Nebraska; they were swapped into their present routing in the early 1940's. US 183's alignment from the SD border to the Bassett/Ainsworth area has ran in three places: unmarked county roads through Meadville (a ghost town on the Niobrara River); current NE 7 (which explains the US 183/NE 7 route swap); and on its current alignment since the 1960's.

136 138 159 183

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