Part of westbound Dodge reduced to one lane for major sewer repair

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Extensive sewer repairs required a two-block stretch of westbound Dodge to be reduced to just one lane.

It runs from 76th to 78th and Dodge and began Tuesday morning.

The Omaha Public Works department expects the emergency project to be completed in two weeks.

In an effort to get cars back on track, one driver’s decision apparently caused another to honk for more than 40 seconds around lunchtime on Tuesday.

“It’s terrible,” said Charles Phillips, who claimed it took him 15 minutes to get through the line to the gas station. “I’m going to take a different path.”

The traffic problem is frustrating even for bus drivers.

“One person might not have been on the right track,” said Stephanie Andersen, who took a Moby Bus, a personal bus service for people with disabilities. “The horn was honked. So sometimes it’s not a peaceful journey.”

The city says it is impacting a regional sewer line.

The construction “makes it difficult for a while,” Tom Brummett said. “They have to do what they have to do. You need to have space to work. I would hate to fix roads because everyone complains. It’s just the way it is.”

There has been constant construction in the area since the spring. Omaha Public Works tells 3 News: Managing the busy area is currently a challenge because it involves private renovations, large project work and necessary utility work. The projects are also in a hurry to get through the winter.

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