Motorists are urged to avoid the Big "X" intersection of Salt Valley Roadway and Antelope Valley Parkway near the Devaney Center. Two lanes are closed after a mid-morning accident damaged a traffic signal at that intersection. North of the intersection, the southbound lane on the west side is closed. West of the intersection, the westbound lane on the north side is closed. A temporary stop sign has been posted for westbound traffic, and lights are flashing red in the other directions.
A dump truck with its box up was headed west on Salt Valley Roadway, and the box hit the signal arm just past the intersection. The arm swung around and hit a street light pole, sending debris onto the railroad tracks below.
The driver of the truck left the scene. Railroad workers wrote down his license plate number, and Lincoln Police apprehended him at the former State Fair Park. He was cited for negligent driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
By early afternoon, the railroad tracks had been cleared, and the street light pole was being replaced. The City's electrical contractor will replace the mast arm and traffic lights, and work is expected to be completed by 4 p.m..