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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #75 on: April 25, 2022, 12:18:32 PM »

St Patrick Street is still closed, but only at the end. The closure is from SD 44 to Valley Drive, with most traffic taking Valley or Sedivy to get back to 44.
That just for city utility work?
Something about building a box culvert if I read the notice right. Seems a little odd that it's taking this long though, and I'm sure today's snowstorm isn't helping.
It seems like construction projects in general are taking longer now, and trying to get stuff done in the spring out here is always a crapshoot.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #76 on: May 17, 2022, 03:21:42 PM »

Omaha Street traffic is now on both sides of the expanded Rapid Creek bridge, with the middle lanes closed to allow for final completion of the median. Overall, this project seems to be nearing completion, though no final completion date is known at this time.

The beams for the parallel bridge span on Lacrosse Street are almost all in place. On the south side of the bridge, I saw what seems to be the east median curb for the south crossover intersection already in place, despite no other work in progress for that section of roadway.

St Patrick Street is completed and reopened to traffic, while St Joseph has the left lane closed across from the courthouse for construction on what seems to be the city's newest attempt at a ten story skyscraper, an odd location considering it isn't near any of the other skyscrapers in the downtown core.

edit: i was way off, the ten story tower hasn't even started construction yet, and is actually right next to the downtown core. The building I was referencing just happened to be the same shape and under construction with at least 5 floors, so I assumed the two were one and the same. Road's still closed though, that didn't change.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #77 on: May 25, 2022, 10:51:18 AM »

Nightly closures on I-90 at Lacrosse again last night, tonight, and tomorrow, 9pm to 5am with traffic diverted to the ramps as usual. The new beams are all finished now, so I can't really tell what they're working on this time.

East Anamosa Street is closed just past the Elk Vale intersection- again. From what I've seen driving past, it seems their pavement rebuild after the last closure wasn't done properly, since it's the exact same spot missing now.

The intersection of 5th and Stumer remains under construction, with traffic in one lane in all directions causing traffic delays during rush hour. Anyone headed to Walmart is advised to take Black Hills Boulevard, but since that road doesn't continue north of Stumer to 5th, the traffic delays coming from the city remain.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #78 on: May 28, 2022, 02:32:16 PM »

East Anamosa Street is closed just past the Elk Vale intersection- again. From what I've seen driving past, it seems their pavement rebuild after the last closure wasn't done properly, since it's the exact same spot missing now.

The intersection of 5th and Stumer remains under construction, with traffic in one lane in all directions causing traffic delays during rush hour. Anyone headed to Walmart is advised to take Black Hills Boulevard, but since that road doesn't continue north of Stumer to 5th, the traffic delays coming from the city remain.
Ah, the legendary Rapid City pavement quality. Has the LaCrosse Walmart increased in busyness since the construction at 5th and Stumer?
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #79 on: June 06, 2022, 02:33:15 PM »

East Anamosa Street is closed just past the Elk Vale intersection- again. From what I've seen driving past, it seems their pavement rebuild after the last closure wasn't done properly, since it's the exact same spot missing now.

The intersection of 5th and Stumer remains under construction, with traffic in one lane in all directions causing traffic delays during rush hour. Anyone headed to Walmart is advised to take Black Hills Boulevard, but since that road doesn't continue north of Stumer to 5th, the traffic delays coming from the city remain.
Ah, the legendary Rapid City pavement quality. Has the LaCrosse Walmart increased in busyness since the construction at 5th and Stumer?
I don't typically go to the one on Lacrosse so I don't know for sure, but given its proximity to the interchange construction, I would assume they were both about the same. 5th is opening up again now though, so traffic impacts are lessening down there.

Speaking of Lacrosse, the westbound on ramp closed today and is expected to be closed through August to expedite widening and reconstruction- which, according to the drone shots on the project site from last month, is already finished, so aside from the widening I don't really know what their plan is with that one. EDIT: the eastbound on ramp is also closed, but that one is only supposed to run through July 1st.

All final curbs for the east side of the south crossover are in place south of the eastbound on ramp. This, and the fact that the new bridge is wide enough for two full lanes, are currently the only visible signs that the new interchange will be a DDI.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #80 on: July 05, 2022, 02:36:33 PM »

Just got back from vacation, and as my flight was circling over the west side of the city, I got a perfectly framed view of the Lacrosse interchange through the right side window. Northbound traffic follows the new left lane going into the DDI east side crossover, then joins the old ramps at the site of the new intersections, crossing the highway on the old bridge.

As for Omaha, the project is in its final stages, with landscaping work on the new median currently in progress. Further east, the Homestead Street connection between Timmons Boulevard and Degeest Drive is finally complete, allowing a much more direct route to East Middle School to the east and Timmons Market to the west.

Two of these new projects (Homestead and Lacrosse) are paved with very dark asphalt, a stark contrast to the usual light gray of almost all other roads in the city.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #81 on: July 15, 2022, 03:00:31 PM »

Two of these new projects (Homestead and Lacrosse) are paved with very dark asphalt, a stark contrast to the usual light gray of almost all other roads in the city.
I think that's just because it's fresh, over the years it will lighten to match the other roads. That's at least my experience with Spearfish construction.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #82 on: July 19, 2022, 10:49:16 AM »

Finally found a project page for the current construction work on SD 44 near Covington Drive. It seems the long delayed sidewalk is finally being built from Covington to Lacrosse. An intersection rebuild at Omaha and Cambell Streets is included as part of this project, and will see the removal of the four right turn ramps in favor of new right turn lanes on Omaha. Despite the project's eastern end at Covington, the planned stoplight for that intersection remains to be seen.

On the Lacrosse DDI, the old bridge seems to be finished in terms of overall shape- and it seems my original speculation of an expanded bridge was incorrect. The pedestrian sidewalk and fence has been re-added to the east side of the old bridge, with an estimated 5 foot gap between it and the new bridge, which remains under construction.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #83 on: August 09, 2022, 04:54:58 PM »

The work at 5th and Stumer is complete, and all lanes have been reopened to traffic.

West Omaha is all but finished, with brief lane closures to work on things like landscaping and line painting.

The SD 44 sidewalk project is moving surprisingly quickly, with the work zone already past Mickelson Drive, and work on the East Omaha/Cambell intersection is expected to begin on the 15th.

All completed roads in Box Elder's Liberty Plaza development are now open to traffic, but at this time there is still nothing built on those roads for people to actually visit.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #84 on: August 17, 2022, 10:06:45 PM »

Ah, the legendary Rapid City pavement quality. Has the LaCrosse Walmart increased in busyness since the construction at 5th and Stumer?

Aberdonians, especially those residing near 5th Ave and 2nd St: "Am I a joke to you?"  :-D
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #85 on: August 20, 2022, 10:36:11 AM »

Ah, the legendary Rapid City pavement quality. Has the LaCrosse Walmart increased in busyness since the construction at 5th and Stumer?

Aberdonians, especially those residing near 5th Ave and 2nd St: "Am I a joke to you?"  :-D
Haven't been up that way since my grandparents from Conde died so I can neither affirm nor deny your statement lol, all I know is that E. Kansas City St. by Mines feels like you're driving over a washboardy gravel road, but paved.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #86 on: August 20, 2022, 02:52:08 PM »

Ah, the legendary Rapid City pavement quality. Has the LaCrosse Walmart increased in busyness since the construction at 5th and Stumer?

Aberdonians, especially those residing near 5th Ave and 2nd St: "Am I a joke to you?"  :-D
Haven't been up that way since my grandparents from Conde died so I can neither affirm nor deny your statement lol, all I know is that E. Kansas City St. by Mines feels like you're driving over a washboardy gravel road, but paved.

Yeah, I know that feeling. I also know the feeling of pavement that feels like driving across a massive railyard in a 1995 Honda Civic - that's what 5th Ave from US-281 to the end of the divided portion, and 8th Ave from Dakota St east. (Obvious exaggeration, still very bad.)
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #87 on: August 29, 2022, 01:52:00 PM »

Probably should have mentioned this two weeks ago when it started, but the intersection of Omaha and Cambell is now under construction to remove the right turn ramps. Haven't been through it in a couple days, but as of now it seems the only turn ramp that has actually been torn out so far is the northbound Cambell to eastbound Omaha ramp. The outside westbound lane is closed through the intersection to facilitate sidewalk construction, and the outside eastbound lane is closed for construction on the removed ramp corner.
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Re: Rapid City area road construction and South Dakota's first DDI
« Reply #88 on: September 19, 2022, 11:38:57 AM »

The expansion of West Omaha Street is finished. Six lanes from West Boulevard/I-190 to Mountain View Road, five lanes from there to Deadwood Avenue (three westbound, two eastbound), four lanes past that. Any remaining lane closures are brief, and all of them are for median finishing work.

Further east on Omaha, the new westbound right turn lane at Cambell Street is paved, but not yet open. Lane closures through the intersection are still all over the place, and I still can't find anything on what the final design is supposed to look like.

Eastward from there, the sidewalk is completed from Creek Drive all the way to Covington, only missing the ADA ramps at the Jolly Lane intersection and an ADA ramp at the endpoint at Covington. Why they removed the curb, set everything up for a ramp, then put the original curb back in, I have no idea.
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