Construction is underway at 84th and Center in Omaha. The project began a few weeks ago and is causing delays for drivers.
North and southbound 84th Street will be closed at Center until 5 a.m. Monday. Motorists will still be able go east and westbound along Center.
The inconvenience isn’t just felt during rush hour. Marilyn Kircher of Omaha wasn't expecting an obstacle course to get to H&R Block. “When I wanted to come for my appointment I thought, oh my gosh, I'm glad I started out earlier because I couldn't figure out how to get over here.”
The construction made her unsure of where to park so she took matters into her own hands. “I finally ended up parking my car over at Westlake Hardware, walking in the dirt, climbing over the little string there and coming in here and they said oh, there's a place down there, well it's not real obvious where you can turn in your car. It’s ridiculous.”
The city is widening the intersection to add another left-turn lane. The dual left lanes will help ease westbound traffic headed for Interstate 80.
Edward Dorsey lives right behind all the construction and despite the inconvenience, he's happy the work is getting done. “If you get caught in the light and traffic comes this way you can't get through and the light changes and you get stuck, but with two turning lanes it'll probably make a whole lot of difference.”
Despite the noise that wakes him up early in the morning, Dorsey says the construction will lessen the traffic around the neighborhood. “I think they're doing a good job. I was up there the other day and I seen they put fireplugs and all kinds of stuff over there so it’s gonna be a whole lot better once they're done.”
The project costs $1.5 million and is being financed by city bond funds. City officials say the project should be done by mid-August.
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