Holiday weekend traffic causing delays on I-80 near Big Springs

BIG SPRINGS - A mass exodus of holiday travelers at Lake McConaughy in Keith County, Neb. began Monday morning after a busy 4th of July weekend. 

The Nebraska State Patrol advised travelers to be prepared for slow or stopped traffic at construction zones on westbound Interstate 80, especially near the Big Spring exit. A major road construction project west of Big Springs has reduced the four-lane interstate into a two-lane road.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation was reporting heavy or stopped traffic on I-80 through to I-76. One driver reported a heavy traffic jam at the Big Springs exit. 

"Please be patient and have a safe travel home," the state patrol said. 

Total attendance numbers at the popular body of water north of Ogallala haven't been released. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission implemented a new reservation system for both Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala in late April. It runs through Sept. 12.