January 30, 2023
Weather permitting, beginning February 6, the intersection of 84th Street and Saltillo Road will close for construction and remain closed until the fall of 2023, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). While work continues on the City of Lincoln 70th Street Roundabout project, NDOT has identified a temporary alternative detour route utilizing 56th Street, Yankee Hill Road, Nebraska Parkway, and 120th Street. NDOT will continue to coordinate with the City of Lincoln on the Lincoln Public Schools 70th Street Roundabout project until it is completed and modify the detour accordingly. Local access will be maintained.
January 19, 2023
Weather permitting, beginning February 6, the intersection of 84th Street and Saltillo Road will close for construction and will remain closed until the Fall of 2023, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). Local access will be maintained. Eastbound traffic will use 56th Street, Yankee Hill Road, Nebraska Parkway, 120th Street, and Saltillo Road. Westbound traffic will take 120th Street, Nebraska Parkway, Yankee Hill Road, and 56th Street.
December 2, 2022
The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), with Governor Pete Ricketts and other invited guests, will host an event on December 14, to celebrate the opening of Lincoln South Beltway to all traffic. Hawkins Construction Company has completed major construction on the mainline of the Lincoln South Beltway, one of the largest projects NDOT has undertaken.
Construction of the 11-mile, east-west, four-lane freeway will reduce congestion on Nebraska Highway 2 through Lincoln and improve regional mobility. Work began in February of 2020, and this project had a total cost of $352 million. Thanks to the Build Nebraska Act and TIGER Grant funding, NDOT was able to commit the resources required to build the Lincoln South Beltway. While the Lincoln South Beltway will be open to traffic, all final construction is anticipated to be completed in fall 2024.
The existing portion of Nebraska Highway 2 that runs through Lincoln will be relinquished to the City and renamed Nebraska Parkway.
Governor Pete Ricketts, NDOT Director John Selmer, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Chris Hawkins will make brief remarks. This event is open to credentialed media. Parking is limited.
October 31, 2022
Weather permitting, beginning November 4, 2022, 120th Street, north of Saltillo Road, will reopen to through traffic in a new configuration. Traffic on Nebraska Highway 2 (N-2) will continue in the single-lane configuration in both directions, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Nebraska Highway 2 (N-2) eastbound traffic will continue to use the new Nebraska Highway lanes, take a left turn onto the N-2 eastbound ramp, and continue east on N-2 or continue straight to 120th Street. N-2 westbound traffic will continue to use the off-ramp to the new Nebraska Highway, take a right turn onto Nebraska Highway, and continue onto the existing N-2 westbound lanes.
August 1, 2022
Weather permitting, beginning on August 15, southbound US-77 traffic will now access Saltillo Road by using a crossover to the new permanent ramp. Saltillo Road to southbound US-77 will now be accessed from the Saltillo Road/Shrine Way roundabout exit headed south. In addition to these new traffic changes, Temporary Saltillo Road and the traffic signal at US-77 will be removed.
April 7, 2022
Weather permitting, beginning April 13, South 54th Street, between Saltillo Road and Bennet Road will reopen to traffic. Also beginning April 13, South 38th Street between Saltillo Road and Bennet Road will be closed for the construction of the Lincoln South Beltway, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). Local access will be maintained.
December 13, 2021
Weather permitting, the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 77 at Saltillo Road will be closed overnight from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 21, for the construction of the Lincoln South Beltway project. Northbound traffic should use Saltillo Road to South 14th Street to Warlick Boulevard as a detour route. Southbound traffic should use Warlick Boulevard to Old Cheney Road to South 14th Street to Saltillo Road as a detour route.
As of August 2022
The History of the Lincoln South Beltway
The initial concept of a beltway around the City of Lincoln arose in the 1960’s. Due to inadequate funding, the concept slowly evolved over the past six decades. With the passing of the Build Nebraska Act, Nebraska Department of Transportation was finally able to commit the resources required to advance towards construction. The Lincoln South Beltway project was recently selected in a competitive grant process to receive federal funds through the TIGER Grant, which helped significantly reduce the construction schedule for the project.