Parents concerned about dangerous driving near school due to Harrison Street detour

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Construction on a portion of Harrison St. is clogging up one neighborhood, and parents said it's getting dangerous.

Because of the construction, cars have been traveling the wrong way on a one-way road in front of Neihardt Elementary.

"A lot of traffic is going down this one-way street past 8 a.m. in the morning. It puts our kids in jeopardy about getting hit by a car or just a lot of the speeding too," Courtney Williams said.

The road she referred to is at 152nd and Drexel. It's one way for morning drop off and afternoon pickup at the elementary.

"Ever since construction started more and more traffic is coming through and coming down the street during school hours," Marie Moyers said.

6 News witnessed cars making the potentially dangerous mistake.

"The principal comes out here every afternoon to direct traffic at the four-way top to make sure they can't come down this way and keep it flowing," Moyers said.

Care also tend to roll through the stop sign on the street.

"You always teach your kids to look both ways, but when they are used to it being a one way they aren't always going to look that way," Moyers said. "My concern is a car will be coming down that way and will hit a child."

Omaha Police said they've stepped in with providing extra patrol on some occasions. On April 2 alone they issued seven citations for going the wrong way on the road.

Neihardt Elementary officials said that they released a statement Tuesday reminding drivers to be cautious around the school.