December 19, 2014

Be careful out there: tips for this big travel weekend in Nebraska

This will be a big travel weekend for Nebraskans.

The Cornhuskers kick off the college football season with a Saturday afternoon home game against Southern Mississippi in Lincoln. The State Fair wraps up this weekend at Fonner Park in Grand Island. And, then there is the Labor Day Weekend, traditionally a big travel weekend as people try to get away for the last long, holiday weekend of summer.

Nebraska Department of Roads spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie notes that Interstate 80 has undergone and continues to undergo a lot of construction. Construction will be suspended for the weekend and I-80 should be back to normal, for the most part.

The Department of Roads has put out the following information for Husker home games:

Lincoln Area Highways

· I-80 – East & West of Lincoln: Two lanes in both directions will be open on home game

days. Some speed reductions may be in place.

· I-180 into Lincoln: Open

· US-6 – East & West of Lincoln: Open

· N-2 – Nebraska City to Lincoln: Open

· N-79: Open

· US-77- Wahoo to Lincoln and Beatrice to Lincoln: Open

· US-34 – Seward to Lincoln: Open

· Eastbound I-80 Entrance Ramp at Waverly Interchange (409) from N-6 will close at

halftime of each home game. Traffic will be directed to continue east on N-6.

· Northbound I-180 Entrance Ramp from Superior St. will also close to assist traffic exiting Lincoln on I-180, after each game.

Message boards will provide updates and will have information to direct traffic upon departure from Lincoln. City of Lincoln Police and Public Works, along with Nebraska State Patrol and the State Roads Department will all work together to keep Husker game day traffic flowing.

I-80 should be clear, according to Oie, except for a patch between Grand Island and Aurora which is one lane both directions due to an asphalt project.

Oie advises motorists to plan their route, leave early so you don’t have to rush and buckle up.

The Advanced Traveler Information Service, 511, is a free 24-hour, year-round information source offered by the NDOR and the State Patrol.

Phone numbers and web details to keep in mind when traveling:

PHONE: Call 511 or 800-906-9069, then follow the prompts.

WEB: 511 on the web at: www.511.nebraska.gov  Icons will guide you to more detail of various areas of the state. There are weather and travel information links.

MOBILE: www.ndortraveler.mobi. View a Text version of 511 info, (sorted by highway number), NDOR Tweet, as well as push-to-talk 511 phone. The site works on PC’s, too.

Lincoln Parking Info & Links for Game Days

http://parking.unl.edu/football-game-day

http://parkandgo.org/