'Emergency repairs' on I-80 WB stretch snarls post-CWS traffic Wednesday night

Nebraska State Patrol
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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.


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.


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.


About 9:25 p.m., OPD indicated three lanes of traffic had been closed along the westbound I-80 stretch.


Authorities were particularly concerned about the impact the shutdown would have on those leaving tonight's College World Series game.



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