Nebraska Highway 61

Nebraska Highway 61
Nebraska Highway 61 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length 234.82 mi[1] (377.91 km)
Existed 1926[2] – present
Major junctions
South end K-161 south of Benkelman
  US 34 in Benkelman
US 6 in Imperial
N-23 east of Grant
I-80 / US 26 / US 30 in Ogallala
N-2 east of Hyannis
US 20 in Merriman
North end SD 73 north of Merriman
Counties Dundy, Chase, Perkins, Keith, Arthur, Grant, Cherry
Highway system

Nebraska Highway 61 is a highway in western Nebraska. It is a northsouth highway with a length of 234.82 miles (377.91 km). The southern terminus of Nebraska Highway 61 is at the Kansas border south of Benkelman, where the highway continues south as K-161. The northern terminus is at the South Dakota border north of Merriman, where the highway continues north as South Dakota Highway 73.

Route description

Nebraska Highway 61 begins at the Kansas border south of Benkelman. It goes north through farmland for one mile (1.6 km), then intersects U.S. Highway 34, with which it overlaps through Benkelman. It goes north from Benkelman to Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area, where it intersects U.S. Highway 6. They overlap north, then west into Imperial. At Imperial, Highway 61 turns north and continues north until an intersection with Nebraska Highway 23, where Highway 61 and Highway 23 turn west to go to Grant. At Grant, Highway 61 goes north and continues north until Interstate 80 at Ogallala. At I-80, an overlap with U.S. Highway 26 begins and they go north across the South Platte River and intersect U.S. Highway 30.[1][3]

Nebraska Highway 61, U.S. 26 and U.S. 30 then go west out of Ogallala, then Highway 61 and U.S. 26 turn north. Three miles later, U.S. 26 goes west while Highway 61 goes east. Highway 61 then turns north to cross the North Platte River via Kingsley Dam at the eastern end of Lake McConaughy. It then intersects Nebraska Highway 92 and the two highways overlap as they enter the Sand Hills until Arthur. After Arthur, Highway 61 goes north until Nebraska Highway 2. They overlap going west into Hyannis, then Highway 61 continues north until Merriman. At Merriman, Highway 61 intersects U.S. Highway 20 and overlap in town. Highway 61 continues north from Merriman past the Bowring Ranch State Historical Park and ends at the South Dakota border.[1][3]

Major intersections

Dundy0.000.00 K-161 southContinuation into Kansas
1.322.12 US 34 westSouth end of US 34 overlap
Benkelman4.306.92 US 34 eastNorth end of US 34 overlap
ChaseEnders30.3548.84 US 6 eastSouth end of US 6 overlap
Imperial39.9264.25 US 6 westNorth end of US 6 overlap
PerkinsGrant63.80102.68 N-23 eastSouth end of N-23 overlap
66.89107.65 N-23 west (A Street)North end of N-23 overlap
KeithOgallala86.12138.60 US 26 begin / I-80South end of US 26 overlap, I-80 exit 126
86.90139.85 US 30 east (1st Street)South end of US 30 overlap
88.89143.05 US 30 west (Lincoln Highway)North end of US 30 overlap
92.01148.08 US 26 westNorth end of US 26 overlap
Lemoyne103.23166.13 N-92 westSouth end of N-92 overlap
ArthurArthur128.68207.09 N-92 eastNorth end of N-92 overlap
GrantHyannis160.58258.43 N-2 eastSouth end of N-2 overlap
162.29261.18 N-2 west (Railroad Street)North end of N-2 overlap
CherryMerriman229.26368.96 US 20 westSouth end of US 20 overlap
229.29369.01 US 20 eastNorth end of US 20 overlap
234.82377.91 SD 73 northContinuation into South Dakota
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book" (PDF). Nebraska Department of Roads. 2015. pp. 157–159. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. The Nebraska Highways Page: Highways 61 to 100
  3. 1 2 Google (2010-11-02). "overview of Nebraska Highway 61" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-02.

Route map: Google

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