Mt. Rushmore Road Reconstruction Project Update
RAPID CITY, SD – Thursday, December 1, 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, miscellaneous cleanup remains.
On the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road surfacing work continues from Columbus Street to Saint James Street. Clark Street (east of Mt. Rushmore Road) is closed; the access to Clark Street and the alley between Clark Street and South Street is from South Street. The remaining focus is on retaining walls, sidewalks and driveway approaches. The large block retaining wall between South Street and Clark Street is near completion. Work on the concrete retaining walls between Columbus Street and Fairview Street continues. Pedestrian access between Clark Street and South Street on the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road will remain closed until sidewalk and handrail installation is completed in the spring.
A shift in traffic is anticipated late next week. The shift will split traffic into the southbound and northbound lanes. Southbound traffic will be in the outside southbound lane. Northbound traffic will be in the inside northbound lane.
The project is approximately 92% complete. The weekly public meetings that are held every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rushmore Hotel will be suspended, after the Dec. 7 meeting, until next spring.
Project #NH 0016(84)67, PCN 049F – Construction continues from Saint Francis Street through the Saint Patrick Street intersection. The northbound lanes are scheduled to be paved Monday, Dec. 5. Traffic in this area has been shifted to the southbound lanes of Mt Rushmore Road. The east half of the Saint Patrick Street intersection is closed through January 2017. Depending on weather, work may begin in Saint Anne Street the week of Dec. 12.
Weekly public meetings for this part of the Mt Rushmore Road Reconstruction project (from Saint James Street to Flormann Street) are held each Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Rushmore Hotel.
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.