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Construction on 6th Street in Brookings to Begin
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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, April 25, 2013

Contact:  John Rittershaus, 605-688-5001


Construction on 6th Street in Brookings to Begin


BROOKINGS, S.D. – On Monday, April 29, reconstruction of 6th Street from 8th Street North to Main Avenue in Brookings will begin, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.


The intersection of Western Avenue will be closed along with 6th Street from 8th Street North to Hughes Avenue.


Through-traffic and over-width vehicles will be detoured on Interstate 29 and the Highway 14 Bypass.  Local traffic will be detoured onto Henry Avenue and 8th Street North.  No parking will be allowed along the detour routes and will be signed accordingly. 


Motorists should be aware of slower traffic, possible congestion on local detour routes, and construction equipment and workers and should allow extra travel time.


The planned improvements are:


  •  New concrete surfacing – 8.5-inch concrete, curb and gutter, storm sewer, sidewalk, traffic signals and roadway lighting
  • The roadway section will consist of three, 11-foot lanes and two, 14-foot lanes, of which the outside three feet is for bicycle traffic
  • A five- to 10-foot boulevard and five-foot sidewalk will be maintained
  • A utility project with the city of Brookings will replace current water and sanitary sewer lines within the project limits


The cost of the project is $9 million, including $7.32 million in state funds and $1.68 million for the city.


There will be three phases of construction:


  • Phase One:  8th Street North to Hughes Avenue
  • Phase Two:  Hughes Avenue to 2nd Avenue
  • Phase Three:  2nd Avenue to just east of Main Avenue


Signs will be placed along the detour route directing traffic to access points for local businesses.


The overall completion date is October 11.


The contractor and the DOT will conduct weekly meetings every Thursday at 9 a.m. CDT at the state Department of Transportation building in Brookings. The meetings are open to the public and will address concerns, sequences and traffic changes during each phase.


A web page has been established for project updates at: http://www.sddot.com/travelers/projects/6th/default.aspx


For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511



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