A major Rapid City road construction project is slated to begin in just 90 days. Business owners along Mount Rushmore Road are preparing for the cone zone.
Changes soon are coming to Mount Rushmore Road. The reconstruction will include underground power lines, wider lanes, and pedestrian friendly crosswalks. But the construction project could significantly impact businesses.
"We need to look forward to the end result. The three years in between are going to be tough on business make it difficult for business to make ends meet," said Mike Quasney, Marketing Committee Chairman for the Mount Rushmore Road Group.
Quasney unveiled a construction survival guide at the Mount Rushmore Road Group meeting.
"We do have plans through the survival guide. We've discussed plans to make it easier hopefully for businesses to meet their end goal," said Quasney.
The packet includes important phone numbers, and even advice about keeping customers.
"They can also market their business better and get customers to come in during that construction," said Quasney.
It's been about 50 years since a major reconstruction project took place here, and people think it's time.
"It's the main street to Mount Rushmore from Rapid City so it needs to be repaired," said Carol McCollam, who owns property on Mount Rushmore Road.
McCollam says people need to continue to support the businesses during construction.
"We need to go to the businesses on Mount Rushmore so they can stay in business," she said.
While business and property owners might not be too excited about all the construction, they are looking forward to the outcome.
"It's going to be beautiful it's going to make such a difference on this area of town," said McCollam.
The construction contract will be rewarded in mid February or early March and construction will begin after that. The first phase will be Tower Road to Flormann Street. The entire project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2016.