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Temporary bridge across Niobrara River on U.S. Highway 281 opens for travelers

SPENCER, Nebraska (KTIV) – A vital traffic link near Spencer, Nebraska, has been restored for the first time since it was cut off by flooding on the Niobrara River in March.

A temporary one-lane bridge across the Niobrara on U.S. Highway 281 southeast of Spencer opened Thursday night.

This bridge will carry traffic while a new permanent bridge is built.

Highway 281 just south of the bridge was washed out when the Spencer Dam just upstream collapsed during flooding in March.

Highway 281 is the main link between O’Neill and Spencer, Nebraska and points north into South Dakota.

It’s estimated the new permanent bridge will open by November of next year.

Al Joens

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