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150th and Dodge bridge project nearing completion

Posted at 9:42 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 22:42:35-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Typically it takes Jackie Sowers around 15 minutes to get to Immanuel Hospital for her volunteer shift, but with construction of a bridge two blocks from her house, her commute is a bit longer.

"It takes me now 20-25 minutes to get there just because I can't go that way," says Sowers.

She's not alone.

"For my wife it adds 10 to 15 minutes going that way for me it means I have to go up to the school and wait for that light to change because I'm going west to Lincoln... so big pain," says Steve Porr, who also lives near the bridge.

Those who live near 150th and Dodge should be getting relief soon. The bridge project in the intersection appears to be nearing completion. Developer Steve Moffit says it's on time and will be done by the end of year.

The new bridge on 150th street, crossing over Dodge Street has already been built. It replaces the old one.

It's built about a block from another new bridge that may one day connect Dodge to the development going up where the Boys Town farm once stood.

One of the last portions of the project is striping the new asphalt with paint. But construction crews need to wait for warmer weather in order to complete the task.

The new off ramp will be an outlet for those who will call Heartwood Preserve home.

That's the new name of the development once known as West Farm. Still, some have concerns about the eventual growth

"I'm thinking we're going to have a lot more traffic once it's developed over there then we had before and I guess nobody is happy about that but what can we do?" says Sowers.