Mt. Rushmore Road Reconstruction Project Update
RAPID CITY, SD – Thursday, November 17, 2016
Project #NH 0016(79)68, PCN 027C – Work continues on Mt. Rushmore Road and the adjacent side streets. On the west side of Mt. Rushmore Road, between Kansas City Street and Saint James Street, minor work items remain including pavement marking and miscellaneous cleanup.
On the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road surfacing work continues from Columbus Street to Saint James Street. The alley between Clark Street and Fairview Street was paved yesterday and is now open. The remaining focus is on retaining walls, sidewalks and driveway approaches. The large block retaining wall between South Street and Clark Street is anticipated to be installed by the end of November. Pedestrian access adjacent to this wall is closed and will remain closed until sidewalk and handrail installation is completed in the spring.
The inside 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 80% complete.
Project #NH 0016(84)67, PCN 049F – Construction continues from Saint Francis Street through the Saint Patrick Street intersection, with surface removal on the northbound lanes. Traffic in this area has been shifted to the southbound lanes of Mt Rushmore Road. Due to high traffic count, and in the interest of public safety, the northbound left turn lane at Mt Rushmore Road and Saint Patrick Street will be removed this afternoon. There will be flaggers present during high-traffic times to facilitate movement through the intersection. The east half of the Saint Patrick Street intersection is closed through January 2017.
Business access on Mt. Rushmore Road will remain open at all times. A “Temporary Pedestrian Access Route” will be maintained through the project limits.
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.