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Chadron State Park campground temporarily closing for construction

CHADRON, Neb. — Chadron State Park is closing its campground from April 25-28 for its road improvement project.

Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent, said the closure will allow workers to pave the roads without interruption and ensure the asphalt has properly cured before being subject to the weight of traffic. He said the campground will reopen the night of April 29 if the work occurs without delay.

Galbraith said most campers seeking sites this time of year have been turkey hunters, and has been referring them to Fort Robinson State Park and other campgrounds of the region during the closure.

The project includes paving throughout the park’s 5.6 miles of asphalt roads. This week, the workers completed all of the milling, the process of creating a level paving surface by removing the top portion of the old asphalt. After the campground roads are paved, the project will move to the cabin area, and finally the main roads starting at the higher elevations in the west and working their way east toward the main entrance, he said.

The project, which is scheduled to end in late May, is being funded through the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Recreation Road Fund.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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