Repair Error Cuts Neighborhood Phone, Internet Service

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Drivers heading through a Lincoln intersection will face delays longer than expected following a mishap by a street crew on Thursday.

One southbound lane of South 70th Street had been scheduled to be closed at South Street through Friday for traffic light repair. Workers using a boring machine are believed to have hit a fiber-optic cable, disrupting communication to customers in southwest Lincoln.

Several cables are bundled together and workers have been trying to identify which cable is damaged. An estimated 1,200 customers are without phone and Internet service. Crews will begin the time consuming process of splicing each of the tiny fibers Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the outside southbound lane of 70th Street will continue to be closed until the fiber optic cable is fixed, the hole is filled and new pavement put down. After that, the original contractor will continue toward completing work on the traffic control system before the road can reopen.

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