SPENCER, Neb. (KFOR July 26)–If you are heading to northern Nebraska for a final getaway this summer, a temporary bridge has been opened to traffic over the Niobrara River.

The bridge was damaged and its southern approach on Highway 281 was washed away when the Spencer Dam upstream was destroyed by mammoth ice chunks and onrushing water during the March flooding.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation says the temporary bridge south of Spencer will be open to one-lane traffic controlled by a traffic signal.

The new bridge should be done by November 2020.