As of Friday, July 9, Interstate 80 traffic headed through central and southwest Omaha will be cut to three lanes both ways affecting oversize load transport.
Construction crews will shut down I-80 westbound lanes around 84th Street and switch westbound traffic to the eastbound side, where lanes will be cut to three each way and run head to head.
The work is expected to last 50 days, into late August, and all work through the area could last through the end of November.
Traffic is expected to back up, and truck drivers, including those hauling oversize loads, could detour by using Interstates 680, 880 in Iowa and 29 in Council Bluffs.
The construction involves repairing two bridges where the pavement, as it meets the bridge structure, has been breaking down: the 84th Street bridge and the bridge just east over the Big Papio Creek.
The repair work will also close numerous Interstate entrances: the 84th Street westbound on-loop and 72nd Street westbound on-ramp (both through August) and the 84th Street eastbound on-loop and on-ramp (through November).
After repairs on the westbound bridges, westbound I-80 and the two westbound entrances will reopen.
Repairs on the eastbound bridges won’t require traffic to fully switch over, although some lanes will be shifted in two more stages to give crews clearance to do the repairs.