Construction begins on Interstate 680

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The first of two major projects affecting Interstates 80 and 680 began on Monday.

The road surface on I-680 at West Center Rd. is in need of repair, but construction crews began work on the roads parallel to the interstate.

Crews will first do the inside lanes, then move to the other side, then tackle the interstate itself.

"So we will go in here first and repair the decks and allow that to be able to handle two lanes of traffic, two lines of mainline 680 traffic, and then we will be able to go in on I-680 itself and in two phases replace the approach slabs and repair the bridge deck and then put an asphalt overlay on the bridge decks," Tim Weander, an engineer with the Nebraska Department of Transportation said.

The approach slabs on either side have dropped, making travel uneven.

While the interstate is being worked on, some north and southbound drivers will take the parallel routes then merge back onto the interstate.

Drivers heading south on I-680 will have to do a bit more planning.

Those going to Lincoln will need to take the West Center Rd. exit, go past the "I, L and Q" exits then merge onto I-80.

Those heading downtown will stay on the available lanes on the interstate.

The lane shifts will last two-and-a-half months.

The $3 million West Center project will be finished in the fall.

Work on the I-80/680 interchange begins on May 28th and will also be done in the fall.