State Route 22 and 23 in Nebraska

State Route 22 in Nebraska

Get started Ord
End Columbus
Length 89 mi
Length 144 km
North Loup







State Route 22, also known as Highway 22 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the state, from near Ord to the city of Columbus. Highway 22 is 144 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

Highway 22 begins well south of the village of Ord at an intersection with Highway 70, then heads east. The road leads through a relatively sparsely populated agricultural area. There are many meadows and some small villages on the route. Highway 22 passes through four counties and partly runs right on the border between Greeley County and Howard County. The road intersects two major north-south routes, US 281 and US 81, which is also the terminus of Highway 22, just outside the city of Columbus, by far the largest town on the route.

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Highway 22 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and ran from Fremont to Omaha at the time. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 6, which was renumbered as US 30 shortly after. Highway 22 was then assigned to a fairly long route from the Kansas border at Alma to Miller. In the early 1930s, most of this was renumbered as US 83 to Elm Creek, and Highway 63 north of Elm Creek.

The number is then assigned to the current route. Highway 22 then began in North Loup and ran intermittently to Columbus. The westernmost section was then numbered as Highway 56. In 1938 the entire route was a gravel road. It was not until the mid-1950s that the missing section between North Loup and US 281 was constructed. In 1957 the entire route was still a gravel road. In the late 1950s, the easternmost section between Fullerton and Columbus was paved. The westernmost section between Highway 70 and North Loup was also then numbered as Highway 22. However, it took until the 1970s before the entire road was paved.

Traffic intensities

The western half of the route is very quiet with 300 to 800 vehicles per day. From Fullerton to Genoa there is a bit more traffic, about 1,000 vehicles per day, increasing to 2,500 to 4,800 vehicles between Genoa and Columbus.

State Route 23 in Nebraska

Begin Come on
End Holdrege
Length 160 mi
Length 257 km
ColoradoCome on













State Route 23, also known as Highway 23 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nebraska. The road forms a fairly long east-west route in the south of the state, from the Colorado border at Venango to Holdrege. Highway 23 is 257 kilometers long.

Travel directions

Highway 23 runs west to east through six counties in western southern Nebraska, passing through monotonous agricultural land. There are few differences in height and Highway 23 almost exclusively passes through small villages, of which several villages are not located directly on Highway 23, but just next to it. Therefore, the traffic passes through only small villages. Holdredge terminus is by far the largest town on the route and is a regional center. Highway 23 is a continuation of State Route 23 in Colorado coming from Holyoke, ending in Holdrege on US 6.


Highway 23 was one of the original state highways of 1921 and ran north-south from West Point to Ponca in northeastern Nebraska. In the major renumbering of 1925, this was renumbered as Highway 9. Thereafter, the road was allocated for a short time, 1 or 2 years, to the route from Maywood to Holdredge, between 1926 and 1927-1928. Later this would definitely become part of Highway 23, but this was numbered as Highway 6 for some time afterwards. Between 1927-1928 and 1932, Highway 23 was assigned a north-south route from the Kansas border at McCook to Stapleton, which later became part US 183.

The number was definitively assigned to the current route in the early 1930s, but initially did not start on the border with Colorado, but 70 kilometers to the east on what was then Highway 17 (now unnumbered). The western part from the border with Colorado to Elsie was then also part of Highway 17. Highway 23 then ran differently through the grid between Maywood and Holdrege and had a spur, Highway 23S from Curtis to south of Elwood (now Highway 18 ).

In 1938 no part of Highway 23 was paved, the road was partly a poorly constructed dirt road and partly a gravel road. Sometime between 1938 and 1948, Highway 17 was significantly shortened, after which Highway 23 reached its current start and end point. By 1953, a fairly long stretch had been paved from the Colorado border to Elsie, and a portion west of Holdrege. By 1957 the section from Elwood to Holdrege was completely paved, at that time a small portion was still a dirt road west of US 83. By the mid-1960s, most of Highway 23 was asphalted, the last part was west of US 83.

Traffic intensities

Highway 23 mostly handles 500 to 1,000 vehicles per day, with slightly higher intensities between Elwood and Holdredge, here 800 to 2,500 vehicles drive per day, ascending towards Holdrege.

State Route 23 in Nebraska