Progress on a new construction project along Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City has come to a halt...at least temporarily.
The state transportation commission has rejected all bids for the project.
In a statement issued by the Department of Transportation, the bids were 45% higher than the engineer's estimate.
Mike Quasney, marketing manager for the Mount Rushmore Road Group, says he hopes the project can still move forward this year.
"We want to get it going. Businesses have made plans. They've gone to banks to get their line of credit. They are looking at construction in their own business while construction was going on the road. So they've made plans. If we hold these up, that throws everybody else up. It's got a domino effect," Quasney said.
"Costs are not going to go down. I'm sure they're probably going to go up. And so as we go forward, that cost is only going to increase. Maybe there are things they can tweak and do a little bit differently to make it so the companies can save money and rebid at a lower bid."
No word yet on when the department will start taking bids again.