Mt. Rushmore Road Update 2017/05/10

RAPID CITY, SD – Wednesday, May 10 – 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

Franklin Street is anticipated to close tomorrow for water installation. Pedestrian access across Mount Rushmore Road will be maintained at the Saint Charles Street intersection. Storm Sewer work continues between Saint Cloud Street and Franklin Street. Intermittent closures of the west half of the Mount Rushmore Road/Saint Cloud Street intersection should be expected to allow for grading, surfacing and lighting work.

Work on pavement repairs on Mount Rushmore Road, between Omaha and Kansas City streets, is anticipated to be completed on Monday, May 15. Pavement markings in the same area are anticipated to begin May 15, and be completed by May 26. The alley on the west side of Mt. Rushmore Road, between South Street and Columbus Street will be closed intermittently while retaining wall construction is completed.

Work also 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. The final progress meeting for the project between Kansas City and Saint James streets will be next Wednesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. 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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