Pierre Considers Possible Add-Ons To New Missouri River Crossing

The City of Pierre took public comment on extras that could be added to a new Missouri River crossing tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2020. Larry Weiss expressed the same concerns some residents of Fort Pierre did…adding to the bridge for looks when some city streets are in need of repair…

Fort Pierre Public Works Director Rick Hahn says his city would like as many features added as possible and notes there are plenty of payment options…

Hahn says Fort Pierre sees a value from tourism dollars because of the bridge. Mayor Steve Harding took Commissioners line by line through all possible amenities. Some extras like pilasters, which break-up side rails for decorative purposes, have a price tag of 165-thousand dollars…

Other possible features like decorative lighting above the road surface seemed to gain approval…

Through a motion, the City of Pierre in endorsing inset panels on barriers, enhanced belvederes or extensions for resting areas along the walking path and decorative road deck lighting. Pierre will take those ideas to Fort Pierre to come up with final recommendations for the bridge. The recommendations must be submitted to the State Department of Transportation by March 1st.