The busy intersection of 70th and South Streets will be tied up longer than anticipated due to construction mishap.
One southbound lane of 70th Street had been scheduled to be closed for construction through Oct. 18, while contractors worked on the traffic signal system.
About noon Thursday, crews with a boring machine are believed to have hit a fiber optic cable, disrupting communications to several residents in southwest Lincoln.
According to David Avery, a spokesperson for Windstream, crews have been working overnight to locate the damaged area after digging about 6 feet under the street.
Several cables are bundled together and it will take time to identify which cable is damaged. Avery said they estimate about 300 customers, most in residential areas, are without phone and Internet services.
Crews will begin the time consuming process of splicing each of the tiny fibers Friday morning.
The outside southbound lane of 70th Street will continue to be closed until the repairs are made to the fiber optic cable, the hole is filled and new pavement laid following the repair. After that, the original contractor will continue to work towards completing their work on the traffic control system before the roadway will reopen.