Traffic going between Highway 281 on the north side of Hastings to Highway 6 on the east side will be using a slightly different route starting next fall.
The Adams County Board of Supervisors, in a 4-2 vote with one abstention, approved plans for a new truck route around the city.
Board members who voted to approve the project say the new bypass will help connect and develop more industrial areas, especially northeast of the city.
"We've lost several businesses because we didn't have that done, and this at least gives us the possibility because without it, there's no chance," says Dale Curtis, Adams County Supervisor.
The project will pave 42nd Street from Highway 281 to Showboat Blvd., and Showboat Blvd. to 26th Street where the truck route turns and continues to Highway 6 now.
The $2.8 million total includes money to compensate property owners for their land the county will take for the right of way. Three residents along 42nd Street will be getting extra payment in the form of a fence.
"Something that isn't required of Right of Way Acquisitions, but since we know the impact to these three adjacent residential sites, the county has consented to provide a screening fence along their properties," says Dawn Miller, Adams County Highway Superintendent.
Ivan Bengtson says he's live by 42nd Street for 21 years, and regardless of compensation, he's not happy about a truck route becoming his neighbor.
"Neighbors across the street moved there a year ago, that's what they wanted to do was get away where there was peace and quiet and it's not going to be that way now," says Bengtson.
Thousand of cars and trucks use the bypass daily, which is why officials say the current route that uses three closes intersections just off Highway 281 and a sharp turn onto Showboat isn't safe and needs changed.
"At 26th and Showboat - that's the highest intersection for accidents in a rural area in Nebraska - we've been discussing this project and the safety at that intersection since 2007," says Miller.
"It's scary spending that kind of money, but when you know something's got to be done, you've got to take the chance," says Curtis.
Some work will begin this winter, and construction should be done by August 2014 when the county will start paying the five year bonds they approved to pay for the bypass.