Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization

South & East Beltways Information

The City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and the Nebraska Department of Roads, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, are studying the possibility of constructing a beltway around the south and east sides of the City of Lincoln. The purpose of the project is to complete the circumferential (encircling) transportation network around Lincoln which currently exists only on the north and west sides. The project would move through traffic around Lincoln's congested urban area, and improve traffic flow on the existing urban street system.

Executive Summary

On August 22, 2001, the Lincoln City Council and the Lancaster County Board voted separately on four amendments to the 1994 Comprehensive Plan. The outcome of those amendments is as follows:

Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 94-62
Requested by the Director of Planning and the Director of Public Works/Utilities, to amend the Long Range Transportation Plan and other appropriate portions of the 1994 Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, to reflect the inclusion of the South Beltway as a four lane freeway, generally 1/2 mile south of Saltillo Road from Highway 77 to Highway 2, including portions between north of Saltillo, east of 98th Street. APPROVED.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 94-63
Requested by the Director of Planning and the Director of Public Works & Utilities, to amend the Long Range Transportation Plan and other appropriate portions of the 1994 Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, to reflect the inclusion of the East Far Beltway as a four lane freeway, generally between 134th and 148th Streets, from Highway 2 to Interstate 80. DENIED.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 94-64
Requested by the Director of Planning and the Director of Public Works & Utilities, to amend the Long Range Transportation Plan and other appropriate portions of the 1994 Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, to reflect the inclusion of the East Middle Beltway as a four lane freeway, generally between 120th and 134th Streets, from Highway 2 to Interstate 80. APPROVED.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 94-65
Requested by the Director of Planning and the Director of Public Works & Utilities, to amend the Long Range Transportation Plan and other appropriate portions of the 1994 Lincoln/Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, to reflect the inclusion of the East Close Beltway as a four lane freeway, generally between 98th and 112th Streets, from Highway 2 to Interstate 80. DENIED.

Map of Final Beltway Alignment

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