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This document provides policy for processing requests to name state highways and bridges. The office of primary responsibility for this DOR-OI is the Traffic Engineering Division. This DOR-OI supersedes DOR-OI 60-1 dated March 19, 1999.
2. A request to name a state highway or bridge must be made by written resolution from the applicable political subdivision to the Department of Roads. When a state highway bridge is located on the state line and, therefore, is located partially in another state, the request to name the bridge must be approved, in writing, by the highway department or department of transportation (whichever is applicable) of the other state.
Individual interchanges may not be named.
3. The name requested must be of substantial importance or significance. Requests will be evaluated using the following criteria:
A person shall have been deceased five years to be considered.
The honored person, organization, or other entity must be of substantial
importance or significance, and must have contributed to the betterment
4. Interstate routes have been designated by Congress as the "Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways." Except for I-480 which has previously been named, interstate highways and bridges will not be further named.
5. The Department of Roads will refer requests to name state highways or bridges to the State Highway Commission for review and recommendations to the Director and Governor. Final approval is by the Governor.
Limitations: Beginning July 1, 2000, the Highway Commission will select not more than one name for consideration by the Director and Governor in any one-year period. Requests may be received at any time. Only those requests submitted before September 1 of each year will be considered for that year’s single name approval. An opportunity for a brief presentation to the State Highway Commission will be offered in October. If necessary, the number of requests may be narrowed to an appropriate group of finalists prior to recommending a single name to the Director and Governor.
6. After approval by the Governor, the political subdivision will provide, at its own expense, the roadway signs to designate the route, including installation costs.
signs, limited to one at an appropriate location in each route direction,
must conform with the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices"
and must be installed by the Department of Roads. Replacement and repair
costs necessary to maintain
The Department of
Roads will not place directional signs on interstate or other state highways
in order to direct traffic to a state highway which has been “named”
in accordance with the procedures in paragraphs two through six above.
The policy in
8. This policy is supplementary to and does not infringe upon the authority of municipalities within their jurisdictions in accordance with Sections 60-6, 120 and 60-6, 121, Nebraska Statutes.