Major road construction on DOT’s drawing board drawing board for Clay County

Major road construction on DOT's drawing board drawing board for Clay County by David Lias South Dakota�s summer and highway construction seasons traditionally arrive at the same time.

This year, however, residents of Clay County and Vermillion are experiencing summer�s sweltering heat without having to drive through many highway detours caused by road projects.

Next year will be different, and Vermillion Mayor Bill Radigan wants to make sure that local government officials are aware of what the South Dakota Department of Transportation has in store for the region beginning with fiscal year 2000.

Radigan attended a meeting July 13 sponsored by SECOG and the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Sioux Falls. DOT plans for southeastern South Dakota were outlined at the meeting.

Radigan shared some of what he learned with the Vermillion City Council. He distributed papers that describe the highway projects scheduled for Clay County.

The state has scheduled 19 projects in the county from FY 2000 through FY 2004.

�My purpose in sending you this material is so that you will all be aware of the plans being made, and so that you can let any changes you would like to see in any of the projects be known to me and (City Engineer) Bill Welk,� Radigan stated in a memo to council members.

Welk, Radigan and other local officials attended a DOT hearing Tuesday, July 27 in Sioux Falls to share input with state officials.

�Some of these projects are not in Vermillion, but several will be and some that are not will have an impact on traffic around our city,� Radigan said.

FY 2000 projects

Fiscal year 2000 will mark the beginning of work on one of the most significant transportation projects in the Clay County area since Interstate 29 was built nearly four decades ago.

Construction is slated to begin on the Missouri River bridge between Vermillion and Newcastle, NE. The route involved will be SD Highway 19, and the work will include the building of bridges, approaches and surfacing. Cost of this project is $20.97 million.

A related project will be grading and asphalt concrete surfacing of a mile-long road from approximately a mile south of the Vermillion airport west to the new road that will take traffic to the Missouri River bridge. This project will cost $475,000.

SD Highway 50 is also scheduled to receive improvements along a 7.2 mile stretch of the road located from west of Vermillion to east of Vermillion. The pavement restoration project will cost $1.239 million.

Construction workers will travel to SD Highway 46 in FY 2000. A 10 mile stretch of the highway, from Yankton County east to SD Highway 19, will be resurfaced, and part of it will be receive curb and gutter. Workers will also re-grade a hill east of Irene and flatten slopes. This project will cost $1.817 million.

Structure and approach grading work will be completed in FY 2000 1.3 miles south of the junction of SD Highway 50 and SD Highway 19 on the southwest side of Vermillion at the old Dawson Bridge over the Vermillion River. This project will cost $375,000.

A railroad crossing on Dakota Street in Vermillion is also scheduled for rehabilitation. This project will cost $48,000.

FY 2001 projects

The five mile stretch of SD Highway 50 from Vermillion east to Interstate 29 is scheduled to undergo mill, overlay and grading work to lower a hill in fiscal year 2001. This project will cost $1.389 million.

Structure and approach grading work is schedule in FY 2001 at a bridge 2.2 miles south and 12 miles east of Irene over Ash Creek. Cost of the project is $213,000.

A similar project is scheduled at a bridge 6.7 miles south and 9 miles east of Irene over the Vermillion River. This project will cost $330,000.

FY 2002 projects

Nearly 12 miles of SD Highway 19, north of a point just south of SD Highway 50, will receive grading and interim surfacing during fiscal year 2002. Cost of this project is $5.817 million.

The rehabilitation of a bridge structure is also scheduled that fiscal year. The bridge is located three miles south and over five miles east of Irene over Spring Creek. The work will cost $165,000.

Structure and approach grading is planned at a bridge located one mile south and 14 miles east of Irene over Ash Creek. Cost of the project is $140,000.

FY 2003 projects

Major work is planned on SD Highway 19 during fiscal year 2003. A nine mile stretch of the road, from SD Highway 46 south, will receive grading and interim surfacing. This work will cost $4.562 million.

Nearly 12 miles of SD Highway 19, extending north from south of SD Highway 50 at Vermillion, will receive AC surfacing. This project will cost $2.317 million.

Six structures and approaches on SD Highway 19 bridges will be replaced during fiscal year 2003. The structures and approaches are located approximately nine miles, seven miles, four miles, two miles and one-tenth of mile south of SD Highway 46, over the Vermillion River, and creeks and drainage ditches. This work will cost $3.3 million.

Structure and approach grading work is also planned for a project in excess of a mile south and six miles east of Irene over a creek. This project will cost $140,000.

Another structure and approach grading project is scheduled approximately seven miles east and five miles south of Irene over Frog Creek, at a cost of $168,000.

FY 2004 projects

Several smaller projects are scheduled for completion in Clay County during fiscal year 2004.

AC surfacing will be applied to a nine mile stretch of SD Highway 19, from SD Highway 46 south. This project will cost $1.7 million.

Grading, base and mat work will be done on three-tenths of mile from upper Vermillion to Lower Vermillion, at a cost of $155,000.

Structure and approach grading work is scheduled one mile south and 10.8 miles east of Irene over a creek. Cost of this project is $145,000.

Similar work will take place over a creek 6.7 miles south and six miles east of Irene over a creek, at a cost of $145,000.

Structure and approach grading will also be completed over a creek 14.6 miles south and 12 miles east of Irene, and over a creek 5.5 miles south and 12 miles east of Irene. These two projects will cost $140,000 each.

Total state expenditures

The South Dakota Highway of Transportation is prepared to spend nearly $287 million on the state�s highway construction program in FY 2000. Two-thirds of those funds � approximately $190 million � will come from the federal government.

Almost $95 million, or 33 percent of the funds, will come from state government, and the remaining 1 percent, or $2.6 million approximately, will come from city and county governments.

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