RAPID CITY, SD – Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Work continues on Mt. Rushmore Road and the adjacent side streets. On the west side of Mt Rushmore Road minor work items remain including sodding, pavement marking and miscellaneous cleanup.
On the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road surfacing work continues from Columbus Street to Saint James Street. The Fairview Street and Saint James Street intersections will be closed late this week for surfacing. Businesses between Fairview Street and Saint James Street will have business access from the Fairview Street intersection until the asphalt is paved and has cooled in the center lanes between Fairview Street and Saint James Street, sometime on Friday. After that asphalt is cooled enough on Friday, the Fairview Street intersection will be closed for asphalt paving. While the Fairview Street intersection is closed, business access will be maintained from the alley between Fairview Street and Saint James Street. Residential access on Fairview Street and Saint James Street will be from Saint Cloud Street.
The outside lanes of Mt. Rushmore Road are closed from Cathedral Drive to Cleveland Street to accommodate the installation of a monument sign in the center median. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of November.
The project is approximately 77% complete.
Business access on Mt. Rushmore Road will remain open at all times. A “Temporary Pedestrian Access Route” will be maintained through the project limits. Pedestrians are guided through the project on the new sidewalk from Kansas City Street to Saint James Street. There are pedestrian crossings available at Quincy Street and Columbus Street. These crossings may be temporarily removed to allow for installation of water mains and grading.
Motorists are asked to slow down through the work zone and be prepared for: suddenly slowing, merging and stopped traffic, minor delays, loose gravel, uneven surfaces and bumps, as well as construction workers and equipment adjacent to the roadway.