The destination for thousands of Nebraskans each year is to watch their beloved Cornhuskers play against the teams of the Big Ten, one of the oldest college football conferences in the country. Memorial Stadium is located to the east of Interstate 180 off of 10th Street in Lincoln. 03/29/16
Interstate 180 connects I-80 with Downtown Lincoln, the state capitol and the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The freeway spur doubles as U.S. 34, which ties into the north end from Woodlawn. Exit numbers along the route increase southward from Interstate 80.
Taking place over the course of three days in Spring 2018, the I-180/I-80 Interchange Signing project installed new overhead sign structures along both I-80 and Interstate 180 in Lincoln. New signs however were not updated to show the overlap of U.S. 77 along I-80.
Interstate 180 opened south from I-80 to Oak Street, which connected with Cornhusker Highway by August 1963. An interchange was also added along Cornhusker Highway (U.S. 6/34/77) at N 14th Street near the original Nebraska Fair Grounds.1
Spanning 16 railroad tracks, the south end of Interstate 180 originally split between a 1,233 foot long viaduct southbound to 9th Street and a 1,152 foot long viaduct northbound from 10th Street. Costing $1.095 million, the bridge system’s superstructure comprised 1,045 tons of steel. They were scheduled to open in mid December 1963.2 I-180 leading south into Downtown Lincoln was completed by year’s end.3 The northbound bridge system was incomplete until January 1964.4
Completion of the Lincoln Interstate Spur in 19645 accelerated development of the adjacent Belmont community. Around 200 acres were developed with residential properties from 1954 to 1964, with another 400 purchased by builder Karl Witt. Additionally eight properties along I-180 were purchased by the city of Lincoln and Lancaster County for a mile long park at Belmont.6 Later named Max E. Roper Park, the linear parkland stretches north along I-180 from Cornhusker Highway to Superior Street.
The southern 1.2 miles of Interstate 180, including the viaducts at 9th and 10th Streets, were rebuilt during a $15 million project. The southbound bridge system closed to traffic on December 1, 1996, allowing the contractor, Hawkins Construction, to tear down and replace the 33 year old structure.7 Road crews completed work on the southbound roadway 61 days ahead of schedule, netting the contractor a $1.22 million bonus. I-180 south reopened on the evening of June 10, 1997.8
Construction to tear down and replace the I-180 northbound viaduct from 10th Street commenced November 16, 1997. Work was expected to take 266 days, ending on August 8, 1998.9 Hawkins Construction completed the project 72 days ahead of schedule, netting the contractor an extra $1.4 million. Lincoln Mayor Mike Johanns cut the ribbon at a ceremony held May 28, 1998 to reopen I-180 northbound.10