Hastings City Council hears proposal for roundabout near Duncan Field

City Council at Hastings Public Library.
City Council at Hastings Public Library.(Diamond Nunnally (KSNB))
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 8:30 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Another roundabout is in the works for the city of Hastings, as the City Council heard a presentation for the first time on Monday about putting one near Duncan Field.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) proposed getting one built at South Elm Avenue and East South Street. City Engineer Lee Vrooman presented the plan, along with one of his colleagues. They discussed the need for the roundabout and how it could benefit the city.

NDOT wants to convert from a five-lane to a three-lane, build new pavement to replace the old one and build a single lane in each direction with a two-way left turn lane. They also want to improve operations and build more sidewalks throughout the corridor, build a new storm sewer system and upgrade the street lighting.

Studies show the roundabout will reduce the amount of delays and it will also reduce severe crashes by 35%, the access to the truck route will be more accessible and it will provide more opportunity for growth along the corridor.

The project was met with some criticism on how it would work around the train tracks. NDOT said they weren’t looking for action but just feedback on how to proceed.

The project is expected to cost a total of $31 million with a savings of $7 million. It will be funded by the Build Nebraska Act and Capital Improvement Program and won’t be expected to start until 2025.

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