RAPID CITY, SD – Wednesday, March 15 – Work on storm sewer has begun in the Saint Anne Street to Saint Patrick Street section of Mount Rushmore Road. Saint Francis Street from Mount Rushmore Road to the west 140-feet, up to the alley, is closed for approximately one more week for the installation of storm sewer. Saint Anne Street from Mount Rushmore Road to the west 160-feet, including the alley, will be closed intermittently for work on water and storm sewer. There will be intermittent closures of both Saint Francis and Saint Anne streets through the end of April for grading and gravel, curb and gutter, paving and lighting.
Removals are beginning at Saint James Street and moving south along Mount Rushmore Road. Work on sanitary sewer will follow removals in Mount Rushmore Road from Saint James Street to Saint Cloud Street and to the west on Saint Cloud Street approximately 180-feet. Saint Cloud Street is tentatively scheduled to be closed for one week, starting March 23.
Business access on Mount Rushmore Road will remain open at all times. A “Temporary Pedestrian Access Route” will be maintained on the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road through the first phase of construction. Left-hand turns across traffic are discouraged to allow for continued flow of traffic.
Work continues on medians, pavement markings, retaining walls and landscaping from Kansas City Street to Saint James Street. North and south bound lanes have been reduced to one lane. Traffic control will be shifted next week on the northbound lanes, moving northbound traffic to the outside lane. Pedestrian access between Clark and South streets on the east side of Mount Rushmore Road will remain closed until sidewalk and handrail installation is completed. Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes will be maintained at Fairview and South streets. The anticipated completion date of work on the project between Kansas City and Saint James streets is May 2017.
Weekly progress meetings are rescheduled to every Wednesday at 8 a.m. for the project between Saint James and Flormann streets, and every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the project between Kansas City and Saint James streets. The meetings will be held at The Rushmore Hotel.
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.
Project information is available at www.mountrushmoreroad.com.