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Heartland Expressway Ribbon Cutting
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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265

 

 Heartland Expressway Ribbon Cutting

 

PIERRE, S.D. – A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of South Dakota’s portion of the Heartland Expressway is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1.2 miles south of the Rapid City landfill on Highway 79.

 

U.S. Senator John Thune, Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist, Jim McKeon, former Rapid City Chamber Executive Director and Pat McElgunn, Rapid City Chamber/Ellsworth Task Force will be speaking at the event.

 

The Heartland Expressway is a 556 mile federally designated, high priority trade corridor covering four states, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.

 

Construction of South Dakota’s portion of this highway began in 1997 and included a variety of upgrades and other projects on highways U.S. 16B, S.D. 79, U.S. 18 and U.S. 385 between Interstate 90 at Rapid City and the Nebraska border.

 

The media and public are invited to attend.

 

Motorists are asked to watch for suddenly slowing and stopped traffic in the area of the ribbon cutting where one lane of Highway 79 will be closed to thru traffic. Those attending are asked to watch for signs and flaggers directing traffic in and out of the area.

 

 

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