RAPID CITY, S.D. – August 26, 2021 – A change in traffic on Omaha Street is scheduled for Monday, August 30, 2021. Traffic on Omaha Street, east of Mountain View Road, will be in the new westbound lanes. Traffic will weave back to the eastbound lanes between Mountain View Road and the Omaha Street bridge. Traffic on Mountain View Road will be in the northbound lanes with the southbound lanes closed for utility and surfacing work.
Removals on the south side of Omaha Street will begin Tuesday, August 31. Sidewalk work will continue east of Deadwood Avenue and west of the Rapid Creek bridge. Paving at various locations in the Deadwood Avenue intersection will continue as well. Asphalt paving for the parking lot on the north side of Omaha will take place mid-week next week. Work also continues on the Rapid Creek Bridge for widening on the north side of the bridge. A water diversion is installed on the west side of Rapid Creek. The bike path that travels under the Rapid Creek Bridge is currently closed and is anticipated to remain closed through October 2021.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation advises that bicyclists and pedestrians find an alternate route when traveling on the bike path near the Rapid Creek Bridge on Omaha Street in Rapid City. A detour from Founder’s Park at Cross Street, west to Mountain View Road, south to West Main Street and west to Rapid Creek is available but is not recommended for recreational use. Travel on this detour route provides a means to traverse the bike path through the work zone but is not intended for recreational use or consistent thru traffic. Those using the bike path for recreation are encouraged to discover, explore, and enjoy the path outside of the work zone of the project. Maps of the detour route are posted at both ends of the closure and are available on the project website.
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 https://www.omahastreetreconstruct.com or the project ArcGIS Storymaps at: https://arcg.is/1yqz450. 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.