(Grand Island, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters – Grand Island will once again provide traffic control and special enforcements in conjunction with Husker Harvest Days, September 15-17 in Hall County.
Motorists can expect to see an increased trooper presence as officers’ work to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes on roadways leading to and from the event site.
Troopers will conduct high visibility patrols within Hall County, during the evening hours on Tuesday, Sept. 16, thanks in part to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
In an effort to reduce congestion and expedite traffic flow, troopers will provide traffic control efforts throughout the three day event.
Husker Highway, the road leading to the farm show site will again become a one-way road, allowing for westbound traffic only, beginning at 7:30 a.m., each morning. The one-way traffic pattern will then be reversed each afternoon, beginning at 3:00 p.m., becoming a one-way road allowing for eastbound traffic only. During the hours of noon- 3:00 p.m., Husker Highway will transition back to a normal two-way flow of traffic.
“Increased traffic volume, and congestion can be expected on roadways headed to and from the event site,” said Captain Chris Kolb, Commander Troop C-Grand Island. “In addition to officers directing traffic, we encourage motorists to check roadside message boards for updated traffic information.”
Troopers will also be in place to direct traffic in both lanes at the intersection of Husker Highway and Alda Road. County roads west of Alda Road, intersecting Husker Highway, will be closed to prevent cross traffic onto the highway during the times of one-way travel.
Motorists are asked to maintain adequate following distance to allow themselves plenty of time to react to changing conditions and to remain alert for law enforcement personnel directing traffic.
Traffic enforcement assistance will be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Roads, Hall County Roads Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Posse, and the Husker Harvest Days staff.