HEARTLAND FLOOD: Detour traffic making it hard to get around in Elkhorn

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ELKHORN, Neb. (WOWT) - Some Elkhorn residents are concerned that roads closed by the flood are causing traffic congestion and high speeds in other areas.

Drivers trying to cross West Maple Rd. near 216th St. are finding a difficult road.

"The traffic is incredible because Dodge St. is closed right now, Q St, Center St., so this is the only way to get in and out of Omaha, so it's pretty hectic," Bill Spittler said.

He owns Heritage Nursery near the intersection and said traffic is only part of the problem.

"Semis going... I mean speeding. it's absolutely crazy going across Maple St. right now," Spittler said.

Robert Stephenson drives the road several times daily.

"You can tell when someone is speeding coming into town. You can tell just by as fast as they are moving. And when they are bouncing on the highway," he said.

Stephenson said the delays are frustrated.

"Coming from the north, getting out on to Maple at 216th was 20 minutes one time. I mean, you get a break from one side and they were coming from the other side now at the same time," the driver said.

Even though lower speed limits are posted, people are concerned with the speeds vehicles are traveling.

"They aren't obeying that," Stephenson laughed.

Spittler has a way of slowing the traffic.

"There's a crosswalk. Sometimes I'll jump out and hit the crosswalk and then people have to stop," he said.

The store owner knows there's nothing to do but wait.

"Just take your time. Don't be in a big hurry. I mean, that's just the way it is. We just have to live with it," he said.

Officials said West Dodge will reopen sometime in June. West Center should be open in July.