Department of Transportation preparing for winter weather

DOT and Nebraska State Patrol review safety protocols
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 7:42 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With cooler temperatures approaching, the Department of Transportation and Nebraska State Patrol held a meeting at Mid-Plains Community College this morning. On the agenda, was reviewing emergency safety procedures for inclement weather.

“Adjust your speed, stay off your cellphone and focus on your driving; if we all do that we’ll get through this winter a little better," said DOT District 6 Operations Manager Roger Klasna.

The I-80 Corridor sees a heavy amount of traffic year round. After a temporary decline in semi-trucks on the road due to Covid-19, numbers are back up to normal just in time for the winter weather. That combination could lead to a challenging season for those monitoring the roads to keep us safe.

“One of the dynamics of the closures here in North Platte is that the closure may be 100 miles down the road where the storm is at a full fledged blizzard...but we may have to roll back to the nearest point that’s safe. There are only four places to stop on The I-80 corridor that can handle the amount of people we have so you can get stuck in North Platte on what looks like a sunny day but we could be waiting for a blizzard to clear in Ogallala or somewhere down the line,” added Klasna.

The Department of Transportation is asking the public for patience and trust as they navigate through the winter months and the weather that comes with it.

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