Eastern Rapid City traffic study possible

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Rapid City Public Works Committee, on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, is trying to ease traffic congestion in East Rapid City.

A traffic study was requested to help evaluate the surge of traffic into development areas, like Rushmore Crossing and Menard’s. The hope is to study the flow of traffic and decide the proper methods to alleviate headaches on the road.

"I think it's a combination between short term and long term planning. Short term there are somethings that can be done, but long-term there are alternate connections that will need to be made,” said Kip Harringdon, Rapid City Long Range Planner.

Short-term goals would be additional turn lanes and lane widening. A couple of long-term goals would be adding additional roadways in the area.

“If you're coming in from Rapid Valley you have to go all the way to Cambell Street and go north and then back east. There are some opportunities in that area for additional roadways that can help alleviate that headache,” said Harringdon.

The traffic study moves onto the City Council for approval.