By Ed Fletcher and Bee Metro Staff
Highway 65 reopened about 6:30 p.m. after a semi truck filled with grocery products overturned in Lincoln early this afternoon. The cleanup took hours and blocked traffic in both directions.
City officials said the cleanup took longer than anticipated because grocery items had to be manually unloaded to upright the truck.
The highway was closed during afternoon commute hours and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
During the closure, northbound traffic was required to exit Highway 65 at Twelve Bridges Drive and southbound traffic exited at Sterling Parkway.
"We have messy traffic here for a while," Jill Thompson, a spokeswoman for the city, said shortly after the spill.
Bee staff writers Cathy Locke and Melody Gutierrez contributed to this report.
PHOTO: Drivers were advised to avoid Highway 65 through Lincoln after a semi-truck overturned Monday, September 26, 2011. Special to Sacbee.com: Jill Thompson, Public Information Officer, City of Lincoln