Cherry Street construction project resumes Monday

Cherry Street construction project resumes Monday South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say construction will resume on the Cherry Street Project beginning Monday, March 23. Work will begin with reconstruction of the SD Highway 50 bypass ramp on the east edge of Vermillion.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured off the bypass onto Crawford Road and Cherry Street. Cherry Street from Cottage Avenue to Highway 19 north will also be closed during this time and traffic will be detoured to the service road on the north side of Cherry Street.  Cottage Avenue, Princeton Street and Highway 19 intersections will remain open to traffic.  There will be no parking and a posted speed limit of 20 mph on the service road during the detour. Expected completion date for this phase of construction is July 15. Public construction meetings will be held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. beginning March 25, at the Hy-Vee Store located on Cherry Street. The first phase of Cherry Street reconstruction began in the spring of 2008. The final goal, when all of the work is complete this year, is to replace approximately three miles of Cherry Street and all infrastructures during the two construction phases last year and this year. This is fairly massive construction project includes replacing the pavement as well as installing new signals, curb and gutter, driveways, lighting, and greenery. The primary reasons for the upgrade are safety and improved access management. Phase one of the project last year extends from Plum Street to the east where it meets Highway 50. The timeline for this phase was March 15 to Aug. 23. The portion of Cherry Street that has been completed has five lanes with the center lane becoming a turn lane. Phase two will be from the end of Phase one west to Cottage Street and will consist of three lanes with the center lane designated as a turn lane. For construction updates visit the project Web site at: http://dgconcrete.com.

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