Project Update 2021/05/19

RAPID CITY, S.D. – May 19, 2021 – Deck work will continue next week on the Rapid Creek Bridge. A new water diversion will be installed on the west side of Rapid Creek, requiring the closure of the bike path that travels under the Rapid Creek Bridge. A bike path detour has been designated from Founder’s Park going south crossing Omaha Street at the newly signalized Cross Street intersection to the sidewalk on the south side of Omaha Street. The bike path detour then follows that sidewalk west to Mountain View Road, then south to West Main Street and crosses at the intersection of Mountain View Road and West Main Street. From there the detour follows the sidewalk to the west side of Rapid Creek where it connects with the existing bike path near Med 5 Credit Union. The closure is anticipated through October 2021. Maps of the detour route are posted at both ends of the closure and are available on the project website.

The Bike Skills Park is now open and accessible from the bike path north of Founder’s Park.

Work continues on the Omaha Street median from the soccer field entrance to 12th Street which includes the installation of landscaping. Pavement repairs, pavement sealing, pavement markings, and permanent signing also continue on Omaha Street between the soccer field entrance and 12th Street. Median landscaping is anticipated to be completed by May 21, 2021. Pavement markings are anticipated to be installed the week of May 24, 2021.

Work continues on grading and storm sewer on the north side of Omaha Street, from the soccer fields west to Deadwood Avenue. Removals west of Deadwood Avenue will start this week in preparation for water and storm sewer installation. Concrete paving is anticipated to begin between Deadwood Avenue and the Rapid Creek Bridge the week of May 24, 2021.

Motorists are asked to be aware of suddenly slowing and merging traffic, changing work zone locations, reduced speeds through the work zone, and construction workers and equipment adjacent to the driving lanes.

Additional information will be provided as phasing, access, and traffic control changes with the progression of the project.

To view the entire scope of the project, with the phasing and traffic control plans as well as weekly updates, please visit the project website or the project storymap at: Interested persons can also follow the project on Facebook, “Omaha Street Reconstruction,” and on Twitter, “Omaha Street Reconstruction@FerbEngCo.” The public may leave a message at (605)343-3311 with any questions or concerns regarding this reconstruction project.

Grading and Storm Sewer Installation on Omaha Street in Rapid City, South Dakota, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Grading and Storm Sewer Installation on Omaha Street in Rapid City, South Dakota, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

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