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Drivers might want to dodge 72nd and Dodge intersection

Drivers might want to dodge 72nd and Dodge intersection

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For your own good, motorists, steer clear this weekend of the 72nd and Dodge Streets intersection, one of Omaha's busiest.

City of Omaha traffic engineers say that by 1 a.m. today, the intersection will be "severely restricted" to one lane in all directions with no left turns until about noon Sunday. The restrictions are for replacement of concrete sections by Swain Construction.

All barricades probably will be up and work will begin by 2 a.m. today, said city engineer Todd Pfitzer, with the concrete pour scheduled to be finished 10 hours later.

If the work goes as planned, he said, all lanes should be reopened about midday Sunday.

Engineers could have left two lanes open in all directions, Pfitzer said, but that would have extended the work into a second weekend.

He said the city aimed to ease some of the headaches for motorists by scheduling the work for a weekend.

Crews still have four to six more weeks of concrete panel replacement work ahead on Dodge west of 72nd Street, he said.

Electronic message boards along Dodge Street have been warning motorists that the intersection would be closed.

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