PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Staff with South Dakota’s Department of Transportation want to reiterate to drivers that the change in traffic flow on a portion of Pierre’s Garfield Avenue means they should pay greater attention when driving in that area. Yesterday, motorists using the northern portion of Garfield, also known as the Truck Route, were rerouted onto a gravel surfaced diversion road located parallel to Garfield-as part of work to reconstruct that 1 1/2 mile portion of Garfield. Also Monday, the stop lights that usually regulate traffic at the intersection of Garfield and Fourth Street/Airport Road were covered and stop signs were put in place. The DOT says the stop signs regulate motorists on Fourth Street and Airport Road and drivers on those roadways must stop. North/south traffic on the Truck Route will NOT stop for cross traffic and is free flowing. Motorists should use caution and pay attention to other vehicles at that intersection as people become accustomed to the new, but temporary, traffic stop configuration. The Truck Route reconstruction work is expected to be complete October 31. Weekly public meetings on the project are held at the Pierre Mall each Thursday starting at 9:30 a.m.
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