Dodge Street commuters, take note: Traffic may be moving a bit more slowly for the next couple of months.
Crews will begin working next week on a $2.5 million resurfacing project that will stretch from 52nd Street east to Turner Boulevard. The project is expected to take about eight weeks and is part of a larger effort to fix up Omaha-area roads with the help of state money.
Omaha is set to get about $6.4 million in state road maintenance funds, which Mayor Jean Stothert has said will speed up the process on a long list of road repairs.
Traffic cones have already been popping up along Dodge as crews worked on a sidewalk project that closed lanes between 50th and 52nd Streets.
This time, however, it's the road itself that's the focus of the work.
Public Works Director Bob Stubbe said the resurfacing is crucial because Dodge gets so much traffic from cars, trucks and buses. But the heavy use also means that slowdowns will be inevitable.
That stretch carries as many as 40,000 cars per day, according to local traffic counts.
“There's no question it's a very heavily traveled street,” Stubbe said. “When you start restricting the lanes for the traveling public, the potential is that there's going to be some delays.”
The section of Dodge Street from 42nd to 50th Streets hasn’t been resurfaced in more than 20 years. The easternmost section of the project was last resurfaced in 1994.
During the project, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. Work will begin on eastbound lanes before moving on to westbound lanes.
Stothert said in a statement that her office is coordinating with several agencies to ensure that the work causes as little disruption as possible.
“We have worked with the contractors, Metro transit and Omaha Police and Fire to take every precaution to make travel on Dodge Street safe during construction,” she said.
Once the project is completed, crews will move on to Douglas Street between 24th and Ninth Streets for more resurfacing work.