Nebraska - Route ID Descriptions
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Written by Greg Olsen
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All roadways from interstate highways to unimproved trail roads are named with a field called Route ID. The Route IDs for each roadway follow specific criteria.

Route IDs are divided into four categories:

Type I consists of state highways with I, US, or N prefixes.

Type II includes state spurs, state connecting links, and state recreation roads.

Type III includes all municipal streets and county roads.

Type IV includes all roadway ramps.

Type I: Interstates and Highways

Roads on the state highway and interstate system have a 3-digit or 4-digit Route ID that matches the highway or interstate number.

Acceptable suffixes for Type I are:

  • A for Alternate Route

  • R for Reverse

For example, I-80 has a Route ID of 080. The Route ID of I-680 is 680.

(I-80 has a Route ID of 080 in Crash Query)

(I-680 has a Route ID of 680 in Crash Query)

Type II: Links, Spurs, and State Recreation Roads

Links, spurs, and state recreation roads have a 4-digit or 5-digit Route ID.

Highway links and spurs Route IDs have 4 digits.

(Route ID S55M shows the highway link/spur between Malcolm and US Hwy 24)

State recreation road Route IDs have 4 or 5 digits. When typing in the five digits for state recreation roads, such as 10122, 10118, 10137, etc., users must enter a zero beforehand to ensure the ID displays.

(Route ID 010302 shows the state recreation road between S Prosser Rd and W Barrows Rd)

A spur is a state highway that branches from a state highway to a municipality or state park not already on a highway. The principal characteristic is that only one end of the highway connects with another state highway. A connecting link is a state highway that extends between and connects with two other state highways. Normally, a connecting link is short in length. A recreation road is a county road that connects a state recreation area to a state highway, and/or has been developed and improved with monies from the State Recreation Road Fund in accordance with Section 39-1390, Nebraska Statutes.

The Route ID starts with:

  • L for links

  • S for spurs

  • R for recreation roads

The 2nd and 3rd characters are the county number. The 4th character is a letter that differentiates that specific link, spur, or recreation road in that county.

Recreation roads may have a 5th character to differentiate the section of recreation road further. For example, L01E is a linking highway in Adams County. The prefix of L denotes a link. The county number for Adams County is 01. The E differentiates this linking highway from other links in Adams County.

(Route ID L01E is a linking highway in Adams County)

Route IDs R89B and R89BC are examples of state recreation roads showing a county number designation followed by a letter designation for each recreational area within a county. For Route ID R89BC, the B denotes the main road leading to a specific area, and the C indicates interior roads within a specific recreational area.

Type III: Municipal Streets and County Roads

Municipal streets and county roads may have a 4-digit or 6-digit Route ID.

(Route ID 5051 displays a municipal street near Omaha)

Major municipal streets and county roads typically have a 4-digit Route ID that consists of all numbers. Smaller municipal streets and county roads typically have a 6-digit Route ID. The 6-digit municipal street Route ID starts with a 2-digit city code. Similarly, the 6-digit county road Route ID starts with a 2-digit county number. The remaining four digits are a local road name code that may be based on the street’s name. County roads with a P in any position after the county number, such as 01P129, indicate a partial county road that is located between two section lines. Other examples would be Route ID YUWLTS for Walnut Street in Yutan and the Route ID 01008 for 70th Street in Adams County.

(Route ID 01P129 indicates a partial county road that is located between two section lines)

Type IV: Ramps

Ramps are roadways that connect two grade separated roadways. Ramps have a 6-digit Route ID. The Route ID starts with a 4-digit Route ID of the dominate highway connected to the ramp. The 5th digit is the ramp type. The 6th digit is letter or number that designates that specific ramp. For example, 0080LD is the Route ID for a loop ramp for I-80.

(The Route ID HAPARK displays a ramp, as indicated by the 5th digit)

The ramp types are:

C – Collector‐Distributor

F – Free Right

L – Loop

R – Ramp

W – Weigh Station

Z – Rest Area

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