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Jeffers Street Viaduct to reopen to public for Nebraskaland Days

Work will be suspended on the US-83 Jeffers Street Viaduct in North Platte June 15 through June...
Work will be suspended on the US-83 Jeffers Street Viaduct in North Platte June 15 through June 26. All driving lanes and the sidewalk will be open during this period. Work will resume on June 27.(Beatriz Reyna)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:51 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Thousands of people are expected to congregate in North Platte over the next two weeks for this year’s Nebraskaland Days, and that means extra traffic on city streets, particularly the Jeffers Street Viaduct.

Crews with Simon Contractors Inc. of Cheyenne, Wyoming started work on the project earlier this spring. The three phase project is part of a $3.8 million renovation to improve area bridges.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation said work on the viaduct’s east side is expected to wrap up Friday, before crews return to work on the west side of the of viaduct after Nebraskaland Days.

“Traditionally, we try to phase our work if we can so that we don’t disrupt the local celebration, but we can’t always do that,” said NDOT District 6 Engineer Gary Thayer. “There are times where it doesn’t work out that way you just can’t start and stop a major project like that, this one just lent itself to that. We were able to do it and we’re happy to do it.”

Crews will be finishing the last phase of the Newberry Access River bridge through Nebraskaland Days. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during that time.

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