Jensen Kumm and Carson Davids of Plainview stroke owl feathers and get close-up attention from live raptors during a past visit to Niobrara State Park.

Flood-damaged Nebraska Highway 12 from Spencer to the Niobrara State Park has reopened in time for Memorial Day .

The Nebraska Department of Transportation and the Game and Parks Commission said access to the park was reestablished last week following the historic spring flooding . 

In an effort to direct travelers to open routes, the NDOT has placed a variable message board on the highway to advise travelers that access to the park is open.

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

“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.”

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