By: Lauren Fabrizi
Old Cheney Road from 70th Street to 82nd Street will be getting a much–needed makeover starting Monday.
After completion, that stretch will have four lanes instead of two.
"It's extremely hard to get out of the residential area onto Old Cheney," Chriswell Johnson, who lives in the area, said. "With the two extra lanes, it's going to be extremely easier to turn with all the traffic and speed of the cars going there."
The project will add turning lanes, sidewalks and bike trails to the four–lane street. Drains will be installed and water mains will be reconstructed. New traffic signals and street lighting will also be installed.
Tom Thorpe has been living in the area since 2002. He said he's been waiting for the expansion for years.
But living off 76th and Old Cheney, his neighborhood is going to get the brunt of the construction.
"Getting in and out in the morning and at night's probably going to be the biggest issue for us," Thorpe said.
For now, many homeowners will have to use alternate routes. But most agree the finished product will be worth it.
"In the long run, it's going to be extremely helpful," Johnson said.
"We just want it to be done," Thorpe added. "And we just hope that they watch the traffic and make sure that we're safe getting in and out of the subdivision for the whole year."
Main detour routes will be along Highway 2 and Pioneers.
Construction should be completed by the fall.