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After rain and flooding, 144th Street construction irritating neighbors

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 19:09:50-04

Crews are back to work on 144th Street between Dodge and Pacific streets after a rain event caused flooding Tuesday.

Jack Willis lives just east of the 144th and Pacific intersection. The Omaha man says he along with many other drivers have started avoiding the intersection altogether.

"It's going to be nice when it gets done but its just going to take time. and what they're doing is a big undertaking," WIllis said, "A lot of the traffic will turn in and go through the neighborhood."

Katie Phelps says the construction headaches were exacerbated by yesterday's rain. Water flowed over 144th Street.

To drivers, it was one more inconvenience stemming from the project aiming to widen the road and prepare for the West Farm South Farm development.

"It's annoying while its getting done, but yeah it's going to be worth it," Phelps said. "It's getting better, but I'm just worried about the traffic coming with the new stuff going on."

Work continued on 144th Street Wednesday. Willis says with all the construction its a wonder it wasn't worse.

"The area up there, I can understand with all the raw ground and the construction going on and there's no street drains, which need to be done," he said.

THe road construction project is expected to wrap up its final phase in the fall.