ORBT platform construction starts at 72nd & Dodge on Monday

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Metro Transit’s ORBT platform construction is continuing on Dodge Street, affecting outside curb lanes.

Starting Monday, westbound traffic on Dodge will be restricted at 72nd Street. Similar work began earlier this week along Dodge, at 62nd Street and at 90th Street.

The outside curb lanes on all project sites are expected to be closed for 40 days.

Metro Transit unveiled details of its new ORBT program last May. The new buses will run from 10th Street to Westroads Mall along Dodge and Douglas streets, with stops every 10 minutes during rush hour. The buses will be 60 feet long and powered by natural gas and will include onboard wifi and bike racks.

While work is in progress, three crews will work in tandem on platforms on the north side of Dodge Street then shift to the south side of Douglas and work west, according to a release from Metro Transit. Construction will temporarily close some traffic lanes and may limit or restrict sidewalk access.

A Metro Transit official said in an August release that crews may work on as many as 15 stations simultaneously, in order to expedite construction, with as many as 6-8 road closures happening along the route at once.

In order to reduce traffic impact, platform canopies are being manufactured off-site and will be transported to Omaha and "craned into place," the release states.