Mt Rushmore Road Update 2017/05/31 027C 049F

RAPID CITY, SD – Wednesday, May 31 – Work is being done on retaining walls, sidewalk, lighting, and landscape from St. Patrick Street to Flormann Street this week and next week.

The west half of the Franklin Street intersection is closed for storm sewer installation, which is continuing south to Saint Charles Street. On June 2, Franklin Street is anticipated to be opened with a temporary gravel surface and the west half of Saint Charles Street will be closed for work on storm sewer and water installation. Intermittent closures of the west half of the Mount Rushmore Road/Franklin Street intersection should be expected to allow for grading, surfacing and lighting work.

Beginning June 12, the west half of the Saint Patrick Street intersection is anticipated to be closed for surface removals and installation of water and storm sewer. This closure is anticipated to last through mid-July.

Work on pavement markings on Mount Rushmore Road, between Omaha and Kansas City streets, is anticipated to be completed by June 9th.

Pedestrian access between Clark and South streets is on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road until handrail installation is completed, which is anticipated to be by the end of June. Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes are at Fairview and South streets.

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 from Saint James Street to Flormann Street. 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. 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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