Participants and spectators traveling to Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island in Hall County can expect to see an increased Nebraska State Patrol presence.
Troopers and Communication Specialist with Troop C Headquarters-Grand Island will focus on traffic control along with conducting a special DWI enforcement in an effort to reduce the potential for fatality crashes. The special enforcement will be conducted beginning in the evening hours on Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 13-14.
In addition to the DWI enforcement efforts, Troopers will provide traffic control before and after the Farm Show Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 13-15.
In an effort to expedite traffic flow, Husker Highway the road leading to the site will become a one-way road, allowing for westbound traffic only, beginning at 8:00 a.m., each morning. The one-way traffic pattern will be reversed in the afternoons beginning at 3:00 p.m., each day of the show, 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 traffic flow.
Troopers will be in place to direct event 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 time of one way travel.
“We tried the new pattern last year and it worked well,” said Troop C Commander, Captain Chris Kolb. “Even so, with the large volume of traffic headed to the Farm Show, motorists can still expect some delays, so folks should allow extra travel time.”
Message boards will be in place reminding motorists of the changes. Those heading to and from the event site should remain alert for law enforcement personnel directing traffic. Drivers are asked to maintain adequate following distances to allow themselves plenty of time to react to the changing conditions.
Traffic enforcement and 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.