Commission: Tread lightly, be safe on roads

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ALLIANCE, Neb (KNEP) The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is asking the public to tread lightly on unpaved Panhandle roads that have become muddy and hazardous until conditions improve.

In one instance, recent melting snow and other precipitation has caused the road atop the dam at Box Butte Reservoir to become saturated and visitors have damaged the road by crossing it.

Officials are concerned about the costs of repairing the road and worry that damage could affect the long-term integrity of the dam. They are hoping to avoid closing the road, which provides the only vehicle access to the reservoir’s south shore.

Officials also urge drivers to use more caution than usual while traveling unpaved roads in their outdoor activities. Many roads accessing public lands in the region have been closed because of washouts, ruts and other hazards, not all of which have been marked.