Lincoln prepares to say goodbye to Highway 2, hello to Nebraska Parkway

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The City of Lincoln will begin changing some signs on Highway 2 this week as it prepares to take full responsibility for its section of the road.

In 2019, property owners along the 9-mile stretch received a letter to notify them of the plans to change the road’s name to the Nebraska Parkway.

The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department will replace more than 400 traffic signs between 120th Street and U.S. Highway 77.

The change comes after the Nebraska Department of Transportation made plans to relinquish the portion of the road in Lincoln to the city once the Lincoln South Beltway Project is complete.

Work to change the street signs will begin in December.  In the meantime, LTU Director Liz Elliott encourages businesses to “update their office documents and advertisements” with their new address.

The name change will require one resident, nine businesses and three state office buildings to update their addresses.

The department has notified everyone who is directly affected.

Thomas Shafer, the city’s assistant director of transportation, said once the process is complete, the city will take full responsibility for the highway.

The city will then review the corridor to determine possible opportunities for future street improvements.

Old street signs will be refurbished for another use.

The Nebraska Parkway name was proposed by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department.

The name change was eventually approved by the Lincoln City Council and the Lancaster County Board in 2020.

For updated information on the Lincoln South Beltway Project, visit NDOT’s website.

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