Photo by George Lauby
U.S. 83 bridge repairs will continue through Nebraskaland Days
Alternate routes to the arena on N. Buffalo Bill Ave. (click images to enlarge)
If coming to Nebraskaland Days from out of town, avoid the South Platte River Bridges on U.S. Highway 83. They are under renovation with only one lane of traffic in each direction.
Alternate routes to the Wild West Arena during Nebraskaland Days will save time, Executive Director David Fudge said..
Visitors from the east can use Exit 179 at Newberry, and stay on the street all the way to Buffalo Bill Ave. Newberry is the U.S. Highway 30 bypass and it becomes 12th St./Rodeo Road.
North Platte visitors arriving from the south can turn west on State Farm Road and turn north on Buffalo Bill Ave., which will take them north to the arena.
Visitors from the west can exit I-80 at Sutherland to utilize the Sutherland overpass, then proceed east on Highway 30 to North Platte and to Buffalo Bill Avenue.
The Nebraska Department of Roads will post electronic message centers at key locations to help direct traffic.
Fudge hopes to avoid a bottleneck at North Platte’s main exit 177 that could back up traffic on I-80.
“We want to avoid that at all costs,” he said.
Fudge urges Nebraskaland Days visitors to allow extra time to get to the Wild West Arena.
“Give yourself and extra half hour,” he said.
The arena opens at 6 p.m. nightly, two hours before the shows begin, with plenty of things to do, including meals, a carnival and helicopter rides.
Events at the Wild West Arena (N. Buffalo Bill Ave.) begin June 18 with Buffalo Bill rodeo slack competition at 7:30 a.m. The full rodeo opens the same night at 8 p.m.
Visitors may want to use the same alternate routes for two auto races that will be held June 14 and June 17 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on West Rodeo Road.