Road crews race to tie up Omaha-metro projects before winter

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Construction crews are racing against the winter clock to finish some of the road projects around the metro.

Among the big ones, there’s the Harrison Street Project which has been in the works for the last two years. If all goes well with the weather, the project should be done by Nov. 11.

That’s five months ahead of schedule.

Right now, crews just need to add medians. These changes will mean fewer back-ups.

“We have widened to a full section which will be five lanes with turn lanes, and that will help ease traffic concerns a great deal and relieve some of those accidents,” Sarpy County Engineer Denny Wilson said.

The construction project on 168th Street and Giles Road is next; it will take two years to repave it up to 204th.

“It will eliminate a lot of gravel which will be helpful for our crews and the traveling public,” Wilson said.

Over in Douglas County, paving operation at 108th Street, south of Q Street should be done by the end of the year.

Don’t expect West Maple Road to be done by winter; eight miles are being repaired and resurfaced. Work is scheduled to wrap up in a year. At 72nd and Maple streets, a safety project is adding new improvements like new traffic signals and sidewalks. That project will wrap up in the spring.

All of these projects are costly in terms of dollars and patience but Wilson says it’s worth it.

“Again it’s going to be worth the money because it’s going to save so much with regard to traveling and gas,” Wilson said.