Deadwood gets new pedestrian bridge over Whitewood creek

DEADWOOD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The people of Deadwood have a new, safe way to get across the street and over Whitewood Creek into the Days of 76 fairgrounds.

They celebrated their new pedestrian bridge and cross walk by having a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, with representatives from the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Liv Hospitality. It all started from a project to redevelop the northerly entrance to main street. The city awarded RCS Construction a $3.1 million dollar contract for improvements to the trail as well as other street infrastructure projects. The City of Deadwood covered $2 million of the contract and Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort covered the rest.

"The walking bridge was part of the tif that was necessary for us to get Cadillac Jack's and all the infrastructure and stuff worked out with the soil nail wall out back," said David Schneiter, Cadillac Jack's general manager. "Actually that was part of the program was to install that bridge out front on Whitewood Creek, which is a good amenity for people to get across to the baseball fields, the parks over there...the rodeo grounds. I've seen a lot of people using it, it's a safe convenient way to get across the street with the flashing lights too."

Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort renovations are almost complete as well, currently they are in the process of expanding their casino floor, adding 30 new slot machines and table games.