Highway 19 reconstruction has begun

Highway 19 reconstruction has begun Road construction on Highway 19 north of Vermillion has begun. The project will cover 10 miles starting from SD Hwy. 50 Business Loop (Cherry Street) and heading north.

The road north of the SD Hwy. 50 bypass was closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, May 27. Traffic is being detoured on SD Hwy. 50 east to I-29, north to SD Hwy. 46 and west to the intersection of SD Hwy. 19A/SD Hwy. 19 south of Centerville. Local traffic will be maintained to the nearest intersecting roadway. Emergency services, mail delivery and school bus traffic will also be maintained during the project.

The road from Cherry Street to the bypass will be closed later this summer.

The construction includes improving the bridge over the Vermillion River, regrading and resurfacing the highway. The work between Cherry Street and the bypass will also include new storm sewers, street lights and an additional right turn lane at the intersection of the bypass and SD Hwy. 19. Most of the work will be completed by mid-November with minor work finishing next spring.

Access to the historical landmark Spirit Mound will be maintained across the project at 312th Street. Additional route information to Spirit Mound may be obtained from the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce.

Loiseau Construction, Inc. of Flandreau, is the prime contractor on the project. The company was awarded the contract on April 24, with a bid of $6.5 million.

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