Businesses Work Around Water Main Repairs

A broken water main near Saddle Creek and Emile will take longer than expected to repair. You’ll need to factor that in to your travel plans in the area.

The water spread underneath the street and started to erode the soil around the bottom of the pavement.

Over the past few days, road construction has taken over a strip of Saddle Creek Road affecting traffic in the area but businesses there want you to know they are open.

The bank, the credit union and the car wash are all doing business in spite of the mess in front. The problem started a week ago.

John Hofmeister, with Russel Speeder’s Car Wash, tried to open his business and there was no water.

He said, “We went to the car wash, started turning things on - nothing worked. Took my deposit to the bank, sure enough I see a guy eight feet down in the ground and I thought, ‘what in the world?’ So I went and talked to a woman there and she said, ‘I think it’s gonna be bigger than we thought.’”

City work crews did not know how much damage there was until they opened up the street and followed the path created by the flowing water from the broken pipe.

Tim O'Bryan, with the City of Omaha, said, “It all has to do with following the undermine and actually seeing how much damage there is, does it affect one panel or pavement or does it affect multiple panels of pavement? So we're discovering that this is affecting multiple panels of pavement and therefore it takes that much longer.”

Officials at the bank and credit union say their business has dropped off during the construction period. Car wash management says after some repairs they are now ready to take care of their customers but city officials say it could be another week-and-a-half to two weeks before all the construction is cleared up.

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