FREMONT – People have been referring to Fremont as an “island” after floodwaters cut off traffic to and through the greater Fremont area, closing all highways in and out of the Dodge county hub for days. This morning, there are officially two routes establishing a connection to the east and south.
Monday 3/18 around 5PM, the Nebraska DOT announced that Highway 36 would reopen with one lane and a pilot car escort to allow vehicles to pass from the Fremont area to the Omaha area. “New” Highway 275 had previously been reopened between Fremont and Valley, so this new route to Omaha was officially opened last night. “I had to wait about 30 minutes for the pilot car to come get our side of traffic,” said one motorist. “It was worth it though.”
This morning, Tuesday, the DOT announced another road reopened to Omaha. As of 8:00AM, Highway 275 is now open all the way to Omaha via West Maple Road.
To the South, the City of Fremont announced that south Broad street is now open. The Platte Street Bridge and highway 77 are open to the south to Mead, Wahoo, Ceresco and Lincoln.
Major arteries closed are Highway 77 to the north after Scribner, Highway 275 at West Dodge and West Center, Highway 30 west to the North Bend area and east before Arlington, and Highway 91 one mile west of Nickerson to Blair.