Efforts to reopen Interstate 80 have not been as successful as state officials had hope. I-80 remains closed, both east and westbound lanes from Lincoln to Kimball.
The Nebraska State Patrol along with the Nebraska Department of Roads decided that conditions haven’t improved sufficiently to reopen the interstate that cuts through Nebraska from east to west.
The snowstorm that went through the state yesterday into the early hours of today left I-80 with significant snow pack and ice. The poor driving conditions led to several traffic accidents, including a couple of semi-tractor trailers jack knifing on the interstate. Troopers have been trying to clear the interstate of stalled or wrecked vehicles.
The Department of Roads had hoped to have the interstate open this morning, but that has been delayed indefinitely.
I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha is open. Nebraskans are being asked to travel only when necessary and use precautions when traveling: reduce speed, increase following distance and buckle-up.
Both agencies encourage motorists are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest weather and road conditions by using 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Travelers Information System.
511 should be accessed via phone by calling 511 or 800-906-9069 from any cell phone or landline. Click here for the 511 website. Travelers may also access the webcams and weather forecasts from ndortraveler.mobi, which is viewable on any mobile device or PC.