NP Police to Enforce Trespassing Violations on South River Bridge

Posted 6 months ago

By Scott Carlson

north_platte_patchCiting recent safety concerns, North Platte Police are cracking down on pedestrians crossing the South River Bridge.

Construction began on the bridge in mid-April, and is expected to take until Fall of this year to complete.  The Nebraska Department of Roads announced that pedestrian traffic across the bridge would be prohibited during “Phase 1″ of the project.

However, many pedestrians have ignored the posted notice, and are using the roadway to cross the bridge.  In an effort to keep pedestrians from walking across the bridge and impeding traffic, police say the “Sidewalk Closed” signs will be replaced with “No Trespassing” signs.

Officer Rodney Brown says the police department will be notified, and will enforce any violations.

Brown said bicycles are allowed to ride over the bridge with the flow of traffic, but said they are only permitted to use the open lane of traffic.  He said cyclists are not allowed to use what remains of the old walkway or any other method to cross the bridge.

As for pedestrians, officials say they can borrow a bike, seek another path or take advantage of the city Public Transit service.

“Walking in the roadway and impeding traffic is not permissible,” Brown said.

Public Transit can be contacted at 308-532-1370.


  • laffttaffy

    oksay someone lives north of bridge and their workplace is south of bridge and they have no vehicle and have to walk how are they to get over there????

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    • I like to read the articles

      Well, they could borrow a bike, seek another path, or call Public Transit.

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      • blah dee blah

        What other path?? Through the river?? This is a prime example of poor planning. They didn’t even stop and think about pedestrian traffic. Smooth move NDOR.

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      • laffttaffy

        first of all there is really no other path espcially if you are walking and if you dont own a bike and i realize its $1 to ride bus but some people dont even have that to spend daily very poor thinking on citys part / roads dept part …..

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  • wondering also

    I work south of the river, and there are many people that I used to see walking to work also south of the river. Several of the ones I know personally don’t have a bicycle or another mode of transportation. Poor planning on the part of the highway department in planning this whole thing. Maybe the city bus could park in Motel 6′s parking lot and ferry people back and forth across the bridge until it is done?

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  • really

    other path homeless encampment? bs theres folks that work to minimum wage jobs over the bridge in the worst weather maybe police should offer free rides over the bridge

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    • yeah really

      That’s what I want! My police department playing taxi cab rather than catching criminals. Smart thinking.

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      • eejack

        Ya…they might have to do somethng other than hide on front street ticketing people for picking up their speed right before the increased speed signs. Let em play taxi.

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        • yeah really

          It’d be terrible if railroaders had to obey the speed limit when trying to get the bar for last call, right? You’re probably the same person that complains about all the speeders on your street.

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          • eejack

            First, i dont drink. Second, they are getting the guys going to work, not coming from work. Chickenshit to get you right before the 35 mph sign going 32.

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          • eejack

            Of course then they inform you that this won’t go against your license or get reported to your insurance company if you will pay about $125 and attend one of their driving classes. What a racket. Little Chicago.

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  • me

    Walk to buffalo bill bridge and walk back. How hard was that to figure out.

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    • laffttaffy

      That is ridiculous… that would be a good extra miles out of your way

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      • SomePeople…

        Apparently you’ve never heard of sarcasm.

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  • I’m loving it

    Sure glad the police are gonna start busting the jay walkers these criminals are out of hand!!!! I’m ok with all the meth heads running around town tho!!!!

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