168th st

After a $21 million upgrade, 168th Street, seen looking south from Burdette Street toward Blondo, has now been widened from two lanes to four and includes medians and left-turn lanes.

A heavily used north-south travel corridor in northwest Omaha is open again after being closed for much of 2018 for a major roadway upgrade project.

North 168th Street was closed March 1 for a major upgrade, between roughly West Maple Road and West Dodge Road. Work to improve the stretch cost $21 million.

The project has been described as one of the most needed in the city. Traffic counts done before the closure show that an estimated 17,700 motorists used that stretch of 168th Street on a daily basis, and officials estimate that the number will grow to 30,500 by 2040.

The upgrade widens 168th from two lanes to four and adds a median and left-turn lanes. It also includes improvements to the 168th and Blondo Streets intersection.

The project initially was set to be completed in two phases — West Maple to Blondo Street in 2018, then Blondo to West Dodge, with the second phase probably set for 2019. But the city combined the phases into one project.

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