Construction begins on Old Potash Highway roundabouts
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Drivers in Grand Island have probably noticed the construction on Old Potash Highway and it is just getting started.
Old Potash is closed off of Highway 281 east and west. Claude Road is being constructed to help alleviate some of the traffic off of Diers Avenue that has disrupted the 281 stop light. It will connect Faidley Avenue and Old Potash Highway. When it is completed, drivers will not be able to take a left from Diers Avenue and can turn off of Claude Road.
“We’ve had a pretty hazardous situation at Diers and Old Potash and we’re cutting things through so you can get to Claude where the roundabout is so you won’t even have to use that intersection. It will be much easier for people turning left,” Public Works Director John Collins said.
At Wilmar Avenue on the east side, a roundabout is being put in to help with the congestion that builds up when people try to turn left. Many people leaving the Hy-Vee parking lot get stuck when trying to get into the left turn lane.
“You’d have some pretty long lines,” Collins said. “The roundabout will remove the wait there pretty much and this will be a two lane roundabout so the people going straight through will have a path to go straight while the ones getting on will be able to get on.”
Businesses in the area will remain open during the construction but alternate routes have been labeled to access them.
“If you go to South Front Street and use the signal to enter and leave, it’ll be much easier on you and there will be different pieces open over the summer depending on what part we are building at the time,” Collins said.
Claude Road is expected to be finished in about 3-4 months. The Wilmar roundabout won’t be finished until the spring of 2022. Collins said the construction company is moving quickly so there is a possibility it is finished early if the weather cooperates.
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