FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) City streets and their condition was the main focus of a meeting held Monday by Fort Pierre city leaders. Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says about 20 people attended the special city council meeting at the Senior Center. Residents addressed concerns and asked street-related questions at the gathering. In official action, the council rejected the one bid that was offered for storm sewer work in the Chateau Addition of town-which is primarily made up of LaFramboise Drive and Two Rivers and Casey Tibbs Streets. The bid came in much higher than the budget will allow, so Hanson says the city will rebid the project with different specifications and a different timeline-breaking the project into stages. She says plans call for getting storm sewers and underground work done in that part of town yet this year or early next year-at the latest. Hanson says the Chateau Addition project and its cost will help determine the progression for other projects.
Other projects needing to be done are in River Bluff Estates-where reconstruction will be done on Lindsay Trail this year. Laramie Trail probably won’t be worked on until next year. Hanson also says the city will coordinate with the contractor to make sure a project on Dunes Drive is completed. In addition, plans to work on First Avenue this spring had to be changed after it was discovered that infrastructure work was required under the street surface. Hanson says city leaders want to lay out a long term plan when it comes to future street work.
Hanson says officials are very aware of the street conditions and all areas needing work are on the council’s radar. She says getting streets in better shape will take some time.
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