OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Construction on I-80 near the 84th Street exit is already causing headaches for some business owners.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation is making huge changes to several bridges along I-80. The largest is the 84th Street Bridge.
The only ramp at this exit that will remain open is the westbound exit ramp. The rest will be closed until November.
And some say it will be bad for business.
“I feel like this is going to impact a lot of business. I feel like it’s going to impact me just to get to work or just to get to 84th Street, ”said Jennifer Miller.
Jennifer Miller works at Selectel Wireless near 84th and F streets. She says construction may be enough to keep people away from area businesses.
“Just the people who are trying to get here are going to be more difficult for them because we have people who come from all over North Omaha and so it’s going to be more difficult for them to get here. headache.
Just up the street is Taylor’s Flower Shop. Employees here say the biggest problem they expect is their delivery drivers.
“Fortunately our delivery drivers know Omaha like the back of their hand, so hopefully it doesn’t get crazy, but it will definitely have an impact and it will be a slight challenge to change our route,” said Linden Sitzmann, who works at Taylor’s Flower Shop. .
Other business owners say people will find a way to get to the many family owned shops along 84th Street.
“Maybe a week or two later you’ll be fine,” said Basim Alebadi, owner of a grocery store in Greenland.
Traffic will be one-on-one with three lanes in both directions from 78th to 87th Street along I-80 for 50 days. There is no official detour, but the 84th Street businesses say the 72nd Street exit will likely be your best bet.
The NDOT said it will reduce the speed limit in this construction zone and that drivers should expect delays. They encourage as many drivers as possible to consider an alternate east and west route, and advise all through traffic to use Interstate 680 to bypass Omaha instead.
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