PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Roadwork and summer infrastructure reconstruction continues throughout the Pierre/Fort Pierre area this week. Some projects that motorists will note include:
–The intersection of Central Avenue and Pleasant Drive is closed to traffic today. Crews are removing a storm catch basin and new watermain and a fire hydrant are being installed through the intersection. Lynn Patton, Construction and Operations Manager for the City of Pierre says that there is the possibility that the work will continue into tomorrow. Drivers should plan alternate routes around the work. Patton says the south parking lot to the Pierre Inn and Suites is open along with entrances to Dakotamart. The work will impact water service at times in the area of the intersection. Those with questions can call Patton at 773-2298.
–The intersections of Garfield Avenue and Buffalo Street and Garfield and Capitol Avenue will also be closed at some point again today. Closures will last one to two hours. The intersections were also closed on Friday and Saturday as the Garfield Avenue project continues. Starting tomorrow, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will switch traffic on Garfield from south of Oak Street to the south end of the project. Traffic will be placed head-to-head in the new southbound lanes on that segment of the project while the northbound lanes are reconstructed. Once the section south of Oak is paved, the portion of Garfield that is being rebuilt will be paved with one more layer of asphalt, using single-lane closures. The completion date for the Garfield Avenue (Truck Bypass) project is October 15. The $10.8 million dollar project is being done by a Minnesota contractor and that construction work tally also includes a Highway 83 paving project in Lyman County from I-90 northward.
–The South Dakota Department of Transportation started chip-seal work on several routes around Pierre/Fort Pierre this week. Routes being worked on are:
U.S. Highway 14 from the Highway 1806 junction in Fort Pierre-west 24 miles
S.D. 34 from Farm Island Road east of Pierre-east 14 miles
S.D. 204 across the Oahe Dam
S.D. 1804 from the Highway 14/83 junction in Pierre-north to the Highway 204 junction
S.D. 1806 from the Highway 14 junction in Fort Pierre-north 35 miles
The work started on Highway 34 east of Pierre last Thursday and all of the routes should be chip-sealed within the next three weeks. Traffic is reduced to one lane in the work areas with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists can expect delays, fresh oil and loose gravel and may want to consider alternate routes.
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