Drivers going into or out of Grand Island from the West will notice a quick stop at the Platte River Bridge on Highway 34 as construction begins.
Roadwork began on the Platte River Bridge closing down traffic to one lane for the duration of the construction which should last less than a month.
Five years ago road work was done on a section of the bridge, but it has since deteriorated faster than expected.
Workers are concentrating on one lane at a time, currently working on the westbound lane but will be moving to the eastbound shortly.
They are mainly working on potholes and other patchwork across the bridge.
"There's been potholes that have been pretty bad, 2-3 inches and currently there's an asphalt plant right here and they're actually losing asphalt while they're going over the bridge because the potholes are so large. We've come out to patch some of the bad areas and even some of the old patches are not performing up to our standards," said Eric Klein, an Engineer 2 with the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Construction closed the bridge down to one lane of traffic, but there was a chance of closing it completely.
"The people who live in Aurora and work in Grand Island knows that there's quite a bit of traffic going to and from both cities during the day so we thought it would be best if we left the bridge open during construction," said Klein.
To keep traffic moving steady, the Nebraska Department of Roads rented two portable traffic lights from the John Thomas Company.
"The primary advantage of them is it's a much safer way of controlling traffic as you can see, portable traffic signal is off the roadway so you don't have the flaggers exposed to the hazards of the traffic that you see here," said Blake Balzart, the Regional Manager of the John Thomas Company.
While wait times are usually short, drivers are not pleased with the new unexpected stop.
"Really a pain in the butt and inconvenient, they probably should have went about it a better way of doing it and better time especially with all the traffic that comes along here," said York native David Meyer.
Kathy Eihusen from Phillips added, "It's just going to make traveling to Grand Island a little bit longer, little bit of a delay."
Despite delays for commuters who cross this bridge on a daily basis, there is some good news, the workers are already moving faster than expected. The work was originally planned to last one month.
Klein said, "We are ahead of schedule. We had originally set aside about four weeks to do this but we should be done in 3 or less right now. If the weather holds we should have a good schedule."
Another bright side of the construction is the portable lights keep cars from having to wait much longer than three or four minutes.
"We have a sensor on here as well that monitors the traffic. It will automatically control the traffic as demand warrants," said Balzart.
During this construction the Nebraska Department of Roads recommends alternative routes around the bridge. If you do pass the construction, officials ask that you go slow, look out for workers and do not run through red lights, as some did the first day of construction.