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Major road construction project gets underway on I-90 near Spearfish

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It's that time of year for reduced speed limits, narrow one–lane roads, and workers dressed in orange.

Workers on a seven-mile stretch on Interstate 90 near Spearfish started breaking pavement April 1st.

Through December 20th, Interstate 90 between Exits 10 and 17 will be littered with orange cones, reducing traffic to one-lane each way.

"It's ambitious, there's a lot of work to do, said Project Manager Tom Stalley. "We're basically working a six day schedule. Traffic wise won't be much of an issue until April 22nd. And then we're going to physically close off the Exit 10 off-ramp and it will be closed for 45 days."

The project includes pavement, guardrails, bridges, and shoulders at a price tag of $12.4 million.

"We have funding to fix some of these projects and fix the roads right," said Engineering Supervisor Kevin Howland. "So we're not just doing a band aid fix and coming back and having to do more repairs."

Heavy Constructors plan on finishing the first half of the seven-mile-stretch on Interstate 90 Eastbound by July 24th. After the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, workers say they will finish the second half by December 20th.

Keys for drivers, according to project supervisors, is to slow down, use caution and follow the signs.

Work on the west side begins next summer, and in 2015, the Exit 14 interchanges on the west and east side of the interstate will be fixed.

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