Stretch of Hwy 56 dedicated as Sam Foltz Memorial Highway
GREELEY, Neb. (KSNB) - A portion of Nebraska Highway 56 was dedicated as the Sam Foltz Memorial Highway on Friday. The first of two signs were unveiled Friday afternoon for future placing by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
The event took place at the Greeley County Courthouse lawn in Greeley, Neb, where the public was invited to attend.
Foltz, whose family is from the Greeley area, was a star punter for the Huskers football team until being tragically killed in a vehicle crash in Wisconsin in July 2016. Land along the stretch of highway named after Foltz was farmed by five generations of his family, including his parents Gerald and Jill Foltz.
The State Highway Commission, which oversees the naming of highways, recommended the request in December 2021. Governor Pete Ricketts signed a resolution in February naming the 12.9-mile segment of Highway 56 after Foltz.
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