Dodge Street is proving to be a challenge again this construction season. Patience and creative navigating are the keys to dodging traffic jams.
When you're westbound on Dodge and hit 72nd Street, you'll notice traffic slowing. Three lanes of traffic merge to one. The lanes open back up at 78th Street but there are headaches in between.
“Now it’s, here we go again,” said Tracy Smith. “It’s frustrating.”
When Smith is out with her kids, she's learned to find a different route. She says what should take just a few minutes, takes a lot longer.
“It was slow. It took a good 30 minutes, it felt like, maybe not quite, just to get up to this point from where I live and it was rush hour too so that added to it."
When you're on the stretch, you'll notice even more stop-and-go traffic than usual. In the middle, a work crew has been pouring concrete and rebuilding sections of the road.
Car horns signal impatience. Green lights fail to deliver on their promise of forward progress.
Leesa Rangel said, “It is not fun, not fun at all. It's a huge, huge headache and I've had to deal with a lot of construction cones. Lots of cones."
The work west of 72nd is expected to wrap-up Monday night but get ready for even more construction.
More work is scheduled in front of UNO, beginning on Thursday, July 31st.
Traffic in the eastbound lane will be head-to-head from 62nd and Dodge St to 69th and Dodge St. The restriction is due to milling and resurfacing and will be in effect for six days.
It will take a few more weeks before all the work on Dodge is complete.