Rapid City eyes eastside traffic issues

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - With increasing development on the northeast side of Rapid City come more traffic issues; prompting the city to begin a study of corridors.

Thursday, there will be a public meeting to gather input and recommendations on the study, focusing on three main roadways: East North Street, East Omaha Street/Highway 44 and Cambell Street. The meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Western Dakota Technical Institute, 800 Mickelson Drive.

The city is looking at possibly connecting East Omaha Street to East North Street via North Valley Drive, East Anamosa Street and Camden Drive. This, according to a release from the city, is because of the continued growth in the area.

"Growth and development are important for Rapid City and with it comes challenges and opportunities," said Rapid City Long Range Planner Kip Harrington. "Increased development can lead to issues of congestion, safety and transportation needs along key corridors in the area.

"This east side arterial road network carries high levels of traffic and it's important to review, chart and plan for the transportation, safety, mobility and quality of life needs and issues of the residents and public in that area," Harrington explained.

The East Rapid City Traffic and Corridor Analysis Study will compile data, analysis, alternatives for development, and recommendations for potential infrastructure improvements along the existing and future corridors within the study area.

To view the East Rapid City Corridor Assessment Report and Future Conditions Analysis Report, go to eastrapidstudy.com.