I-80 & 42nd Street Construction Frustrates Drivers

Construction in the metro is always tough to deal with in the spring and summer months, but on Friday drivers told WOWT 6 News they're upset about one project in particular. That is the construction happening on 42nd street leading to the Westbound lanes of I-80.

It's impossible to get onto I-80 westbound from 42nd street right now. Drivers have to backtrack toward Martha St. or go up to 60th street as two possible detours. It's been this way since the first part of April 2014, when the state closed down the ramps for a large-scale project.

That project will add a lane heading westbound from 24th St. to 60th St. That means at various interchanges, drivers will eventually (upon completion) see 3-7 lanes, instead of 2-6.

Drivers complained that there's no warning that I-80 westbound is unreachable. Drivers don't discover this until they are about to use the ramp or loop.

The State Roads Department told WOWT 6 news the loop to reach I-80 westbound when coming Northbound on 42nd is on track and will be finished by November. The ramp drivers use when coming southbound on 42nd is ahead of schedule, and could be done by August (weather permitting).

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