By Chris O. Ford
District Operations Manager
NDOT – District 5 – Gering
9 a.m. UPDATE Dec. 1: We are going to open the following highways:
I-80 is now open both directions from Wyoming to Iowa
Hwy 19 is open
Hwy 92 is open
Hwy 250 is open
Hwy 27 is open
Hwy 2 is ipen
Hwy 87 is open
Hwy 20 is open from Crawford east
Still closed in the panhandle is:
Hwy 71 from Colorado to South Dakota
Hwy 30 from Wyoming to Big Springs
Hwy 20 from Wyoming to Harrison
Hwy 29 Mitchell to Harrison
Hwy 88 from Bridgeport to Wyoming
I-80 Open to eastbound traffic only - from Sidney east.
All of highway 26 is open.
All of highway 385 is open.
L62A is open
We are working on opening drifts and removing stranded vehicles. Once that is accomplished we will open more segments.
All roadways have some ice pack – but it has been treated with deicing chemicals.
3:30 p.m. UPDATE: Due to blizzard conditions we are closing ALL HIGHWAYS IN THE PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA. The winds are blowing 40 to 60 mph causing zero visibility at times. DO NOT TRAVEL! We do not anticipate opening these roads until mid-morning tomorrow. Please advise people to stay home.
As of 11:30 am the following roads are CLOSED in the Nebraska Panhandle:
-I-80 from Big Springs to the Wyoming line
-Hwy 30 from Big Springs (Hwy 138 jct.) to the Wyoming line
-Hwy 88 from Bridgeport to the Wyoming line
-Hwy 71 from Kimball to Scottsbluff
-Hwy 71 from Scottsbluff to the Jct. of Hwy 2 (Lawn Church)
-Hwy 385 from Bridgeport to Sidney
-Hwy 20 from Harrison to the Wyoming line
-Hwy 29 from Mitchell to Harrison