Construction begins at one of Omaha's busiest intersections

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - One of Omaha's busiest intersections is scheduled for some changes.

Starting Monday, the city will begin making improvements to the intersection of 132nd and West Center Rd., including removing some left turn lanes for westbound traffic.

Many say the improvements will help with safety, but some say the change will hamper business.

City officials said the intersection is a high accident area.

James Pracht is the manager of Dietz music. He's aware of the upcoming changes to his shopping center, and he thinks the changes will improve safety as customers turn into the center.

"I think a lot of times we see a lot of accidents that happen on those left turn access points. It's going to be a greater safety issue for the public in general," Pracht said.

Randy Lenhoff is the retired CEO of the Selden Company. He represents some of the business owners in the area.

Lenhoff understands the safety issue but said the changes could hurt business in the area.

"It denies access to shoppers, and with retail today, the competitiveness of it, we're concerned about that," Lenhoff said.

The city council voted seven to nothing to move ahead with the more than $5 million project.