PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Reconstruction work on the northern portion of Pierre’s Truck Route will be very visible starting next week. Over the coming months, the north 1 1/2 miles of the road-also known as Garfield Avenue-will be the focus of grading, storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalk, lighting, traffic signals and asphalt concrete surfacing. Each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., public meetings are being held on the project and this morning, officials reiterated that it’s very likely that Monday, motorists will note that a traffic signal at Garfield Avenue and Fourth Street/Airport Road will come down and vehicles traveling between that intersection and Highway 14/83 will be diverted onto a gravel surfaced temporary road built nearby. Dean VanDeWiele with the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Pierre says he believes motorists will easily adapt to traffic pattern changes once they go into effect.
VanDeWiele says he believes the project, which is expected to be completed October 31, will go smoothly, thanks to cooperation among the various entities involved.
If weather allows for traffic lights at the busy intersection to come down next week, drivers at east and westbound Fourth Street and Airport Road will find stop signs in place to direct them across Garfield and Garfield traffic will be free flowing. A 14-foot width restriction will be in effect during the project with a over-width detour set up around Oahe Dam.
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