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What's driving you crazy: Road construction overload

Posted: 8:36 AM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-28 10:16:52-04

Spring signals the unofficial start to construction season and more and more closures are popping up all around the city. 

Roads are closed and others are getting ready to close and it is all to help people get around future projects. An example of this: 168th Street.

Todd Pfitzer of Omaha Public Works said the city looked at doing 168th Street over a three-year period but that project wasn't feasible. He added it had to be available to handle the detour before work could begin on 180th Street. 

Another major concern for drivers is a 156th Street. 

Pfitzer said it would be "unacceptable" if 156th, 168th and 180th were all closed in the same year. 

After addressing those concerns with federal agencies assisting with the project a decision was ultimately made, and the projects will be spaced out to handle traffic volume. 

"We have to get 168th Street done this year," Pfitzer said. "Now we've got a good solid five lane road between Maple and Dodge for people to use who are going to be impacted by the construction one block East and one block West."