Construction season is ‘building’ its way up
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - On Saint Patrick Street, reconstruction on the stretch of pavement connecting Mt. Rushmore Rd and 5th Street will start Tuesday.
The three-phase, $5.3 million project is focused on modernizing the area, working on water lines, sewer lines, the sidewalk, and improvements to make it easier for people with disabilities to get around.
“We’ve got a lot of great roads, we’ve got a lot of bad roads, but as time goes on, we’re trying to spend our taxpayer money judicially and make sure we’re good stewards of the taxpayer money and fixing those that have the greatest impact,” said Rapid City’s engineer Roger Hall.
The contractor and most of the subcontractors will be from locally owned companies.
Adding to the Rapid City road work list is the last phase for the Wildwood Drive Reconstruction.
The $4.85 million road project is focused on a full street and utility reconstruction for portions of Wildwood Drive. Certain asphalt pavement sections would be replaced and widened, and gravel shoulders would be installed. The project would also include the rebuilding of existing water mains with sanitary sewer mains being installed.
“We put in new water and new sewer up through these areas. This provides the home owners there an opportunity to connect to the sewer if they want too,” said Hall. “It’s been a long time in the works. So, I am glad to say this is the last phase of this project.”
The anticipated start date would be Summer 2023 with an estimated completion date of Fall 2024.
Switching gears to another construction project taking place on Highway 34.
Work on the section of highway from Whitewood to Belle Fourche will also be under way Tuesday.
The $10.2 million project will have a total of seven work areas throughout the highway.
During the duration of the project, Highway 34 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. A 10-foot width restriction will also go into effect to ensure better safety for both motorists and workers. People using the highway are expected to possibly experience 15-minute delays.
”We have stipulations in the plan that allows for 15-minute maximum delays and that doesn’t matter how many sites they have actively working that’s from Whitewood to Belle Fourche 15-minute delay,” said South Dakota DOT Belle Fourche engineering supervisor Les Hermann.
According to the Department of Transportation, the addition of passing and turn lanes to the highway is to help improve safety and relieve traffic congestion.
The completion date for the project is projected to be Oct. 27 of this year.
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