Traffic Control and Special Enforcement Focus of Husker Harvest Days
(Grand Island, Neb.)- Traffic control and special enforcement efforts centered on impaired drivers will again be the focus of the Nebraska State Patrol during the 36th annual Husker Harvest Days, September 10-12 in Hall County.
Motorists can expect to see an increased trooper presence as officers work to reduce the potential for injury and fatality crashes on roadways leading to and from the event.
Troopers will conduct high visibility patrols within Hall County during the evening hours on September 11, thanks in part to a $725 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
In an effort to expedite traffic flow, troopers will also provide traffic control efforts during 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 8:00 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.
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 times of one-way travel. Message boards will be in place reminding motorists of the changes.
“We’ve found this traffic pattern to be extremely successful in helping reduce congestion and to keep traffic moving in and out of the event site,” said Captain Chris Kolb, Commander Troop C-Grand Island. “Motorists are encouraged to give themselves plenty of time to reach the site, pay attention to message boards and always buckle up.”
Drivers are asked to maintain adequate following distance to allow themselves plenty of time to react to the 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.