PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Starting Monday, crews will begin preparing for reconstruction work to be done on U.S. Highway 14B, also known as Garfield Avenue/Truck Bypass in Pierre. Traffic control devices will be set up next week for the project, which will cover a stretch of the road from just north of the intersection with Airport Road; south to the intersection with Highway 34. The project will start with work on the west side of the Truck Bypass from Capitol Avenue to Flag Mountain Drive. For about a week, traffic will be shifted from the southbound outside-lane to the southbound inside-lane or in the center turn lane. Then, starting the week of May 7, traffic will be changed to a head-to-head pattern in the two existing northbound lanes while the west half of the bypass is milled and paved. Later into the project, all traffic will use the two new southbound lanes while the east side of the highway is reconstructed. A new sidewalk and barrier wall will be built along the west side of the truck bypass from Capitol Avenue to Buffalo Street. Motorists should note that stop signs will be placed at the intersections with Fourth Street/Airport Road and Harrison Avenue/Arthur Avenue because traffic signals now in place at the two intersections will not be operational during the project. There will also be a 12-foot width restriction in effect during the construction period and signs will note a detour route across Oahe Dam. Flaggers will be in place at the Capitol Avenue crosswalk for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon while Buchanan Elementary School is in session. The completion date for the truck bypass project is October 15, however state Department of Transportation says the paving portion is expected to be done by the end of August.
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