By: Kayla Bremer
The Nebraska Department of Roads announced that I-80 both east and westbound from Lincoln to Grand Island reopened as of 8 p.m. Sunday night. However, they do not advise anyone to travel due to low visibilities, blowing snow and very icy roads.
Because of the road closures earlier today, truck stops in Lincoln were packed with people with nothing to do but wait.
Hundreds of cars and semis were stranded at truck stops in west Lincoln for nearly nine hours.
"Just hope for the best you know," stranded traveler Colleen Ross said. "Safety is the key thing."
A part of Interstate 80 was closed due to a 15-car pile up then was shut down completely from Grand Island to Lincoln due to blowing snow and icy roads.
Travelers found a place to park and sat tight, waiting for a word on when it would reopen.
"Multiple cars had spun out," Ross added. "You would think because of the conditions that they would slow down but from what we see up here in the truck is they just tend to go faster and unfortunately that's the result you know, they land on the side of the road."
A lot of drivers rerouted to Highway 34 to attempt to go west, but traffic was at a standstill between Lincoln and Seward because of multiple drivers spinning off the road.
Here in town, crews have been out since 3 a.m., spreading materials and plowing the streets.
Andrew Edwards from Public Works says more than 60 pieces of equipment are working on the roads and the city made the call for outside help.
"We've got almost every contractor that actually is contracted for us working for us right now," Edwards said. "Yes, that's part of our plan."
Edwards says this snow storm is the fourth of the year and will put the city right at the edge of it's budget. He says crews will be out all night clearing the streets and spreading materials, but wants to remind people to slow it down.
"People, it's winter in Nebraska...drive safe, give the guy in front of you an opportunity to slow down so you don't have to call his insurance company in the morning," Edwards said. "So yeah just drive safe out there. We're going to do the best we can and get the streets back in good shape."
Once again I–80 is open both east and westbound but they do not advise you to travel.