Traffic control as well as special enforcement efforts centered on impaired drivers will be the focus of troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C Headquarters in Grand Island during the 35th annual Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 11-13.
Participants and spectators traveling to and from the working farm show can expect to see an increase state trooper presence as officers' work to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes.
Troopers will conduct high visibility patrols during two-days of special enforcement efforts in Hall County, thanks in part to a $1,450 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
The special enforcement with an emphasis on drunken driving will begin in the evening hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11-12.
In an effort to expedite traffic flow, troopers will also conduct traffic control efforts during the three-day event.
Husker Highway, the road leading to the farm show site will become a one-way road, allowing for westbound traffic only, beginning at 8 a.m., each morning. The one-way traffic pattern will then be reversed in the afternoons beginning at 3 p.m., becoming a one-way road, allowing for eastbound traffic only.
During the hours of noon to 3 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 time of one-way travel. Message boards will be in place reminding motorists of the changes.
"Husker Harvest Days draws big crowds and delays can be expected," says Captain Chris Kolb, Troop C commander. "If you're headed out to the event site, please give yourself plenty time, have some patience, pay attention to the 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.