Buildings leveled to make way for Hwy. 6 project

Two small, brick buildings southeast of Duncan Field have been torn down in anticipation of a project that could redo the intersection of Elm Avenue and South Street in the next few years.

The Nebraska Department of Roads has been planning to eliminate the curve of U.S. Highway 6 connecting South Elm Avenue to East South Street and widen the South and Elm intersection for several years, but movement on such a plan is still several years away, Hastings City Engineer Dave Wacker said.

The Community Redevelopment Authority purchased the adjacent buildings in anticipation of that project, however. The aging structures were bought about six months ago and tearing them down began earlier this year. Because the city now owns the land, it will be easier for the NDOR to acquire land when it widens the South and Elm intersection.

"There are a couple reasons the CRA got involved. One was to get proactive in cleaning up the area around the Duncan Field, and the other was to be in a position to accommodate the road project in the future," said Randy Chick, head of the Community Redevelopment Authority.

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