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Jackson Boulevard undergoes another round of construction

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On Wednesday, workers in Rapid City prepared Jackson Boulevard for another round of construction.

Area business owners worry the year long project will drive customers away.

"Walk in haircuts is our primary focus," said Rodney Strobel, President of Cost Cutters in Rapid City.

With a customer base that relies on easy access, Strobel said the construction on Jackson Boulevard will cut into the bottom line.

"We're going to lose people just because of the traffic diversion, so it's going to be interesting but we're going to try our best to keep our customers happy," said Strobel.

Heavy Construction and the South Dakota Department of Transportation began work on schedule; setting up cones in the westbound lane of Jackson Boulevard between Mountain View Road and Sheridan Lake Road cutting traffic down to one lane.

"This is a pretty sizeable project and there's quite a bit of work to do," said Sean Hogard, Project Coordinator with Heavy Construction.

Workers will begin by replacing the more than 50 year old water main and storm sewer.

"Then on March 4, we will put traffic- one lane in each direction in the east bound lanes and begin construction in both west bound lanes from one end of the project to the other," said Kevin Howland, Engineering Supervisor with SDDOT.

After completing work on the westbound lanes the east bound side will be re-paved as well.

The entire 15 million dollar project is slated for completion in 2014.

"We've compressed the schedule to try and accommodate the public's comments from the public's meetings to get the majority of the work done in 2013," said Howland.

And for businesses on Jackson Boulevard; the sooner, the better.

"Let's get it over with for sure," said Strobel.

When the project is complete there will be five full lanes for traffic, a bike lane on either side of Jackson Boulevard, as well as new street lighting.

Howland said there is another public meeting planned in February to keep everyone up- to- date on the progress.

There's also a Facebook page called 'Jackson Boulevard Construction' that Heavy Construction will also post updates on the project.

 

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