Omaha’s busiest street underwent a resurfacing project last fall from 52nd to Turner Boulevard. The rest of Dodge Street will receive another facelift this year.
Amanda Overfield at That Pottery Place is already anticipating traffic problems for her business. “It's going to not only make things difficult for people trying to come into the businesses, but it's going to slow things down for the businesses in general and there's quite a few on Dodge Street that are going to probably feel the impact of that.”
Omaha will receive $6 million in state funds for the improvements, money that only goes to roads that are also state highways. Most of the money will be used at the 90th and West Dodge intersection, one of the city’s busiest. That part of the project is scheduled to begin after the Fourth of July.
Last fall, the resurfacing project forced a lot of drivers to use alternate routes. Overfield worries that those alternate routes may also get congested. “I normally take Cass to get here and now I’m going to have to find a different way. I'm probably going to come through the neighborhood because I know that that's going to be the secondary route for people who are now trying to avoid Dodge Street.”
Despite the headaches the resurfacing may cause for commuters and businesses, Overfield hopes it goes fast. “I hope it will go really quick because most of Omaha relies on Dodge Street to get somewhere during their workday.”