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Rejected bids slow start of Mt. Rushmore Road project

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The status of a major construction project on one of the state's busiest roads is up in the air.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected several bids for the reconstruction of Mount Rushmore Road.

Those bids came in 45 percent higher than state engineers had initially estimated.

Speaking to the Mount Rushmore Road Group Tuesday afternoon, DOT Access Manager Dan Staton said an independent consultant is being brought in to suggest ways to move the project along.

But Staton says there are a lot of unknowns.

"How much are the changes they would suggest, are they extensive or minor, what do we need to do to get better prepared? Hopefully, get the job built for a little less money than what was first offered," said Staton.

The original project was set to be completed in three-year long phases.

Staton expects to hear the consultant's findings in late May.  He hopes to begin soliciting bids once again early this summer.

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