OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- "Emergency repairs" closed multiple lanes of westbound Interstate 80 between 72nd and 84th streets Wednesday night, impacting travel for many leaving the College World Series game.
According to photos tweeted by the Nebraska State Patrol, pieces of metal were protruding from the roadway along the stretch of westbound I-80.
Troopers have the left three lanes closed westbound on Interstate 80 near 84th Street due to road damage. Merge right as you approach 72nd Street westbound. pic.twitter.com/vxeZ24D32T— NSP_TroopANightShift (@NSPTroopANights) June 20, 2019
At one point, OPD indicated all lanes of westbound I-80 were closed along the stretch, but a tweet from the Nebraska Department of Transportation tweeted that two lanes of traffic were being allowed through the area, though officials still advised drivers to steer clear of the area.
Around 9:30 p.m., Omaha Police were advising that NDOT had closed westbound Interstate 80 between 72nd and 84th streets for "emergency repairs." Authorities were advising drivers, particularly those traveling from the College World Series game, to find alternate routes.
Now all of I-80 westbound has been closed by NDOT between 72nd and 84th street for emergency road repairs!— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) June 20, 2019
All driving westbound on I-80 must find alternative routes. via @OPDOfcAnson
The first sign of traffic trouble came around 8:30 p.m., when NDOT advised it had closed three lanes of traffic in that area.
#omaha #douglascounty WB 80 82nd thru 84th St NSP has 3 right lanes closed due to emergency road repairs. Expect delays in area. Avoid if possible. Traffic backed up past 72nd St pic.twitter.com/oX7Hpac7Ow— Omaha Hwy Conditions (@NDOTomaha) June 20, 2019
About 9:25 p.m., OPD indicated three lanes of traffic had been closed along the westbound I-80 stretch.
3 lanes of traffic are closed down on I-80 westbound between 72nd and 84th Street for emergency road repairs. All CWS traffic should consider alternate routes when going home. via @OPDOfcAnson— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) June 20, 2019
Authorities were particularly concerned about the impact the shutdown would have on those leaving tonight's College World Series game.
**CWS TRAFFIC ALERT** I-80 is COMPLETELY CLOSED at 84th St. This will remain in effect through the end of the @NCAACWS. #OPD is STRONGLY urging fans leaving @tdameritradeprk to avoid I-80 WB and find an alternate route. @WOWT6News @KETV @omatrafficalert #CWS19 #CWS2019 #CWSOmaha— Omaha Police Dept (@OmahaPolice) June 20, 2019