Highway 6 Project Could Cause Delays

Warmer weather means road projects will be popping up like weeds.

That's the case southwest of the metro where a major resurfacing project began Monday.

It's not Interstate 80...but Highway 6 between Waverly and Greenwood.

For the most part, from now through November, both directions will be sharing just one lane on the highway.

Terry Buckley knows it just got harder to drive from Omaha to Lincoln.

“Kind of puts a damper on getting to and from...especially with the interstate bridge being closed,” he said.

As of today, an eight mile stretch of Highway 6 is under construction.

Combine this and construction on Interstate 80 nearby and Waverly is almost isolated.

“The people that deliver things are going to be inconvenienced more and more as they tear up the road,” Buckley said from his auto repair shop on Highway 6 in Waverly.

“It's really going to back up here,” he said. “It already backs up with four lanes and now with two lanes and lower speed limits it's really going to be backed up. It's going to have a lot of people on edge a long time.”

The Nebraska Department of Roads says the four million dollar resurfacing project will cause delays. Highway 6 usually carries 8,300 cars daily through Waverly. But that number dramatically increases in the fall during Husker home football games.

The project manager tells Channel 6 News construction on Highway 6 will not be done during Nebraska home football games. That includes this weekend's spring game. He also expects traffic to flow smoothly. But he also warns that delays on some stretches of Highway 6 could last up to 15 minutes.

Ann Kozel runs the Ampride Convenience Store in Waverly.

“It will increase difficulties for everybody,” she said.

“We've had quite a few people even stop in to ask well how do I get north to south,” she said. “So Waverly has seen an increase in people going through their residential areas.”

So as the renewal of Highway 6 moves forward, drivers should remain cautious and plan on a little extra time when taking that route.

The highway project is due to be finished by November 9th.

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