Traffic issues caused by unauthorized road closure

Sarpy County

Traffic issues caused by unauthorized road closure

September 20, 2019

We are aware of severe traffic congestion issues this morning on 168th Street north of Highway 370, and are working to address the issue as quickly as possible.

BNSF Railway closed 156th Street without authorization from Sarpy County. This closure forced additional traffic onto 168th Street, causing this morning’s congestion.

The County directed BNSF to reopen the road immediately. However, when Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the site, they discovered crews had already begun work on the railroad crossing, making it impassable for cars.

BNSF personnel at the site reported they would restore the crossing and open the road by rush hour this evening.

Earlier this week, BNSF requested permission to close 156th Street to repair their railroad crossing. However, the Sarpy County Engineer denied the request because 156th Street serves as a detour route for the Harrison Street expansion project.

We understand this unauthorized closure caused confusion and delay for thousands of drivers in the area. The Sarpy County Board has already reached out to BNSF leadership to address the issue.