Mt. Rushmore Road Update 2017/05/04 027C 049F

RAPID CITY, SD – Thursday, May 4 – Work on curb and gutter, fillets, lighting and associated side street surfacing from St. Patrick Street to Flormann Street continues this week. Access to businesses on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road, between Saint Patrick and Saint Anne streets, will be available from Ninth Street.

The west half of the Franklin Street intersection and the alley south of Franklin Street are anticipated to open today. The west half of the Saint Charles Street intersection is anticipated to be closed to traffic toward the end of this week through next week for work on sanitary sewer. Pedestrian access across Mount Rushmore Road will be maintained at the Saint Charles Street intersection. Work on storm sewer is complete from Saint James Street to Saint Cloud Street and is moving south. There will also be intermittent closures of the west half of the Mount Rushmore Road/Saint Cloud Street intersection for grading, surfacing and lighting.

Work on spall repair and lane striping on Mount Rushmore Road, between Omaha and Kansas City streets continues. This work is anticipated to last two to three weeks. Temporary lane closures will be set up in this area as the work is being done. The alley on the west side of Mt. Rushmore Road, between South Street and Columbus Street will be closed for retaining wall construction.

The parking areas on the north side of South Street, between Mount Rushmore Road and Seventh Street, will be striped today. 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. 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 June 2017.

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. 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.

Weekly progress meetings at The Rushmore Hotel are held 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. Project information is available at For questions, the public may contact Debby Heisinger at Ferber Engineering Company Inc. by phone (605) 343-3311 or

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