State Route 16 in Nebraska
State Route 16, also known as Highway 16 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a short north-south link in the northeast of the state, from Bancroft to Wakefield. Highway 16 is 45 kilometers long.
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Highway 16 connects three towns in northeastern Nebraska, Bancroft, Pender, and Wakefield. The road leads mostly in a northwesterly direction and is a two-lane road over the agricultural lands. The road starts on Highway 51 and ends on Highway 35 and is also double numbered with Highway 9 through Pender.
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Highway 16 was one of the original state highways of 1921. At the time, the road ran from Fremont to West Point and was a north-south route in eastern Nebraska. In the major renumbering of 1925, the road was renumbered as Highways 8 & 9, later US 275. After that, the number was assigned to a long east-west route from North Platte to Omaha. In the late 1930s this was renumbered as Highway 92.
The number was subsequently assigned to the current connection from Bancroft to Wakefield. In the early 1950s, the first section was paved between Bancroft and Pender. In the 1960s, the section between Pender and Wakefield was asphalted.
900 vehicles run daily between Bancroft and Pender and 900 vehicles between Pender and Wakefield. Highway 16 is therefore a very quiet road, like many state highways in Nebraska.
State Route 17 in Nebraska
State Route 17, also known as Highway 17 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a short north-south route in the southwest of the state, all the way to Culbertson. Highway 17 is 28 kilometers long.
Highway 17 begins at the border with the state of Kansas and is a continuation of State Route 117 in Kansas. The road heads north, mainly through rolling rangeland that is little cultivated. Culbertson terminus is the only place on the route. In Culbertson, Highway 17 ends at US 6 and US 34.
Highway 17 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and at the time ran from Wisner to south of Yankton in northeastern Nebraska. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 15. The number was then assigned to the current route in southwestern Nebraska. The road was not paved until the 1970s.
250 vehicles use Highway 17 every day. This makes it a very light state highway.
State Route 18 in Nebraska
State Route 18, also known as Highway 18 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a secondary east-west route in the southwest part of the state, from Curtis to US 283. Highway 18 is 63 kilometers long.
Highway 18 begins in the small village of Curtis on Highway 23 and heads south, then east through very sparsely populated rangeland. The road runs mostly through Frontier County and a small portion through Gosper County. The only other place on the route is the hamlet of Stockville. Highway 18 then ends in uninhabited land on US 283, 25 miles south of Lexington.
Highway 18 has been in use on five different routes over the years. It was one of the original state highways of 1921 and ran from Beatrice to Verdon in southeastern Nebraska at the time. In the 1925 renumbering, the number was assigned to an east-west route from the Wyoming border to Ogallala, which, however, was renumbered US 26 the following year with the introduction of the US Highways.
In 1926, the number was assigned to an east-west route from Fremont to Blair in eastern Nebraska. Circa 1932, however, this became part of US 30. The number was then assigned to a short north-south route from Spencer to the South Dakota border. Circa 1964, however, this became part of US 281.
The number was then missing for about 15 years, and was assigned to the current route in the late 1970s. It is one of the least important state highways in Nebraska. The road was originally numbered as Highway 23S, and was actually a southern branch of Highway 23. Until at least the late 1960s, this was still partly a dirt road.
Highway 18 is one of the least traveled state highways in Nebraska. The western section between Curtis and Stockville handles 300 vehicles per day, but only 70 vehicles per day between Stockville and US 283.