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Old 01-24-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Sandhills
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The little lady and I just returned from a trip to our neighbors down south and east of us, Missouri to be exact.

I didn't notice it going down but coming back I sure did. Driving on new 4 lane roads in Nebraska I found them to be much rougher than coming off the roads in Iowa and Missouri that were similiar. Now we were only on the interstate system in Iowa, but traveled Hwy 71 and a couple other state highways in Missoure to compare with.

Hwy 2 from Nebraska City into Lincoln for being as new as it is, sure has its share of washboard effect on the stress cuts in that new road. And then hwy 81 between Columbus and Norfolk for it only being a few years old. In places where they have ground the road down for whatever reason, the tire noise it causes and where they haven't they need to do something.

Now I will say that hwy 275/20 headed northwest from Norfolk is in good shape with alot of resurfacing done the last couple years, but our four lane systems sure need something compared to what we drove on in those other states.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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just wait... with the state budget issues surrounding state road needs, it will be interesting to see how they tackle that... put off maintenance or when doing new roads to cut corners?????
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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A lot of it has to do with Missouri passing their billion dollar road construction bond a few years back. Prior to that there were a lot of roads in that state that were complete crap.

I will say that Highway to Lincoln to Nebraska City does have a washboard effect in many places. But the Nebraska DOT does a heck of a lot better job of snow removal than MoDot does.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Funny, I've personally always found Nebraska's interstate roads to be in better shape than about every other state I've been to.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I find Nebraska to have decent roads but wish that a few streches would be widened. I personally would like to see US 81 widened between Yankton, SD and Norfolk and from Columbus to York. Also, NE 35 from South Sioux City to Norfolk and the Heartland Expressway in Western Nebraska.

I find I-80 to be nice and smooth and most other streches to be pleasant to drive. I do not like driving on US 20 in South Sioux City (rough in spots). Most roads I come across in Nebraska appear to be well-maintained or in good condition.

I find it wierd that Nebraska has just one interstate and South and North Dakota each having two a piece and Wyoming and Montana having even more.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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A lot of it has to do with Missouri passing their billion dollar road construction bond a few years back. Prior to that there were a lot of roads in that state that were complete crap.

I will say that Highway to Lincoln to Nebraska City does have a washboard effect in many places. But the Nebraska DOT does a heck of a lot better job of snow removal than MoDot does.

That's true about the MO road bonds and vast improvements have been made. As far as snow removal, MoDot has a priority system for clearing the roads. The interstates are tackeld by the crews pretty heavily during the storms and then they concentrate more on the less traveled roadways after the storm passes. I can't compare it to NE, since I've never been up there during the winter.


I heard several years ago that NDOR was planning on expanding I-80 to three lanes each way out to Grand Island. Is that true??
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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It would be nice if I-80 would be expanded to that area. I think that it should be expanded to Kearney. The stretch between Kearney and Grand Island is still busy and could stand to be widened. The traffic is similar to Iowa, maybe a bit lighter.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:25 PM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Contrast the widening of I-80 to 3 lanes between Omaha and Lincoln to a Phoenix and Tucson stretch of I-10 which is still 2 lanes!?! Unbelieveable... I actually think we probably could have spent the money on better things.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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The widening of I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha would be well worth the money if it improves the flow of traffic and saves lives and numerous accidents. The numerous accident and deaths that would have resulted would add up quickly with the insurance claims and lawsuits that may result. I would err on the side of a wider and safer road way than trying to get chinsy on road improvements.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:39 AM
 
Location: west Omaha
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I'm just trying to figure out how Tucson (1 million)... and Phoenix (4 million) remain content with just 2 lanes between the two of them... an I-10 corridor which also carries interstate travellers between California and Texas and beyond.
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