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Olsson achieves tight-turnaround design for “tight-turn” roadway challenge

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mary Sullivan, Communications

“Faster” was the mantra for representatives with Adams County, Nebraska. The county needed a solution to get trucks through Hastings, Nebraska, more quickly. It also needed a quality design created in a tight time frame to accommodate the project’s financing. Olsson was able to deliver on both fronts.

The project, called the 42nd Street Truck Route, connects trucking traffic from Highway 281 on the north side of Hastings to Highway 6 on the southeast side.

Previously, to avoid going through downtown Hastings, trucks would follow a route that led them through a narrow intersection. The congested intersection proved especially dangerous when trucks had a difficult time navigating the sharp turns.

“It was a safety concern for the county,” said Greater Nebraska Office Leader Jeff Palik, “The road is not very wide, and there have been a lot of accidents there.”

Olsson moved the trucking route one mile north, with a curved road that can be traveled at a faster speed. The new route will direct traffic off of Highway 281 and allow an alternative to driving through the troublesome intersection and the downtown area.

“It is a safer route for truckers and a more convenient traffic flow for all drivers,” said Jeff.

The design contract was signed in February 2013, and, within a fast-paced six months, the project was placed for bid in August 2013. In that six-month window, Olsson also held public information meetings and conceptual design meetings with the city, helped acquire right-of-way, and obtained a Corp of Engineers permit for a box culvert in the water channel. That time frame was restricted, somewhat, by the county and its budget process since bonds were used to pay for the project.

Olsson provided many different services for this project, including geotechnical drilling, topographic survey, roadway design, and box culvert design. Olsson also helped provide legal surveys for right-of-way acquisition. In addition, the project included coordinating with the City of Hastings Utility Department to relocate and install a new sanitary sewer system and overhead power lines.

Construction on the two-mile stretch started in the spring of 2014 and is expected to be complete in September of 2014.

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