Motorists on Highway 75 are dealing with a diversion at the Bay Road interchange near Plattsmouth. It’s the latest step in the rebuilding of the highway.
On Monday, north and southbound drivers had to take the exit ramp at Bay Road near Plattsmouth and then get back on the highway. This is necessary to allow work under the overpass. It's important to note this is not a four-way stop. Traffic diverted from the highway does not have to stop.
For commuters it's a little confusing. For local merchants, it's just another day along the highway.
Tina Kindelin, with Beef Bark Jerky, was talking product Monday. She said, "When it gets done we have to try it that way we know it's good before it goes out to anybody."
Tina says the disruption on Highway 75 has not been much of a problem for them.
“It goes kind of both ways. I think that it helped because people have to slow down. They actually look around and they say, ‘Hey, jerky shop. Let's go check it out.’ And others are like, ‘I'm getting tired of this,’ so they wanna go a different way. They go around Iowa or whatever."
Nancy Johnson commutes from Plattsmouth to Omaha each day. The construction slows her down but she can deal with it.
She said, “It's probably taken an extra 10, 15 minutes on my trip to Omaha but it hasn't really been all that bad. They've done really good with the detours and everything."
Johnson does feel bad for those on the highway who can't just slow down.
“I feel sorry for the EMT and fire if they have a call that way ‘cause everybody's got to scoot over to the shoulder as close as they can."
Traffic is expected to be diverted at Bay Road through the fall.
The $61 million project goes from the Platte River to Plattsmouth. It is expected to be substantially complete by the end of the year.