State Transportation Department To Take Another Swing At Starting Work On Sioux And Wells Avenue

(KCCR) — The Department of Transportation is hoping the third time is the charm to start concrete rehabilitation work in Pierre and Fort Pierre. The project was scheduled to begin April 9th, but was delayed due to weather to April 16th. Last week’s blizzard forced the D-O-T’s hand in to pushing the start date back to April 23rd. Pierre Area Engineer for the D-O-T Dean VanDeWiele says about two to three weeks’ worth of work is left in Fort Pierre before the work moves east across the Missouri River…

“The work consists of anything that the concrete may need from sealing joints to repair spalls to actually taking the concrete sections out that are in tough shape and repairing them.”
VanDeWiele says crews will be alternating lanes to try and ease work zone travel…

“They’ll set up lane closures estimated to be roughly three blocks long. Then we’ll try to skip a segment to give folks kind of room to breathe if you will and then they’ll be another segment for another three blocks. And what folks can expect is at times they’ll see the center three lanes closed. They may see just outside through lane closed.  They may see just the inside through lane closed, any of those combinations could be in effect and so what folks may see in the morning may not be what they see in the afternoon.”
Over-sized loads will be routed over the Oahe Dam due to width restrictions through Sioux and Wells Avenue corridor during the work…

“We’ll allow for like 83-14 traffic; we’ll sign it to alert folks to go around the dam, that’ll be about the only option if they are beyond 11 feet, simply because there will be many locations and often times locations in Pierre where we are down to one lane through.” 
The Department of Transportation says the project is still expected to be completed by mid-June.