The Nebraska State Patrol is reminding motorists headed to and from Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin of the potential for increased traffic and possible slowdowns.
“As you can well imagine, traffic volume goes way up both before and after home football games,” said Lt. Colonel Tom Schwarten, Assistant Superintendent, Nebraska State Patrol. “The fact that this is a night game only increases the need for motorists to use extra caution with special emphasis placed on construction zones.”
Motorists headed westbound on Interstate 80 after the game, are reminded of construction reducing travel to one lane, four miles west of the Aurora Exit in Hamilton County. Motorists are encouraged to utilize either Highway 34 to the north of I-80 or Highway 6 to the South of I-80, by exiting at York, Bradshaw, Henderson or Hampton prior to entering the construction zone. Motorists can get back on the interstate once passed Aurora at either the Giltner or Phillips Spurs.
Lt. Colonel Schwarten said, “This was an area where traffic was backed up for quite some time after last week’s game. We hope to alleviate the problem this weekend by encouraging motorists to seek an alternate route prior to reaching the affected area. Remember to always buckle-up and never drive impaired or distracted.”
Numerous other highway improvement projects which may alter routes to and from Memorial Stadium are underway. Motorists wanting to check their route can do so by dialing 511, the state’s advanced traveler information system or logging onto www.511.nebraska.gov
The Nebraska State Patrol Aviation Support Division will be in the air assisting troopers with pilots providing traffic reports both before and after the game.
Anyone who observes a reckless or impaired driver, or anyone in need of non-emergency roadside assistance should call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline when safe to do so from their cellular phone at (star) *55 or by dialing 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. ###