Hwy 6 expansion could hurt local businesses

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Southeast project, known as the expansion of Highway 6 is under a year away from construction.

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And though that may be good for Hastings, it could cause one car repair shop to park it somewhere else.

"Unfortunately it looks like, if the highway project does come through, it will mean that we will have to find an alternative location," said Andy Huffaker, the owner of Eldon's Automotive and Repair.

Andy said business is only growing right now. And without any answers, they can't add on to their lot.

"We're kind of running out of space to be quite honest and so we can't build on onto our current building because of the fact the project is going to come through, but we don't know when, so we're kind of suck in between a rock and a hard place so to speak," said the owner.

The owner said having to give up their shop isn't easy.

"It's tough for us to swallow. There's a lot of uncertainty. We're always going to keep going. We're always going to keep pushing to do better and to grow and so right now, the hardest part of all of it is not being able to expand where we're currently at because of the uncertainty of the highway project," said Huffaker.

Even though it's a tough pill to swallow, Andy only wants what's best for the community.

"We want to see progress that's good for the city of Hastings. As a small business here, we take care of a lot of people's vehicles in this area and if we can approve the highway coming into town, I think that would be good for the community," said Huffaker.

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