Sections of Highway 12 open in Sandhills

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 10:37 AM CDT
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Roads officials are opening Highway 12 from Spencer to Niobrara State Park. Nebraska Department of Transportation reopened it ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. March flood damaged had closed the road.

Access to the park was reestablished last week. NDOT placed a variable message board on the highway to advise travelers that access to the park is open.

“The NDOT has been working closely with Game and Parks to ensure visitors are able to access the Niobrara State Park,” said Mark Kovar, NDOT District 8 Engineer. We understand the impact the park has on the local community and will continue our efforts to repair roads and bridges damaged by the flooding to allow park visitors to enjoy the beauty of northeast Nebraska.”

Nebraska Game and Parks welcomes visitors to the park. Guests are encouraged to visit the website at or call ahead, (402) 857-3373, for activity hours and availability.

The bridges on Highway 12 east of Niobrara State Park remain closed, with no direct access to the park from the town of Niobrara.

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