CITY ALREADY PREPARING
FOR ‘ORANGE CONE’ CONSTRUCTION SEASON
Public can check status, details
of projects on City’s home page
RAPID CITY, SD—Although the calendar just flipped to January and a new year, and the thermometer hovers near or below freezing temperatures, it won’t be long before ‘orange cone’ season begins. City Public Works officials have identified numerous major projects as priorities for the 2024 construction season.
“Some project work is always ongoing but major work often begins in earnest in March when temperatures begin to warm up and there are breaks in precipitation events,” said City Engineer Roger Hall. “It will be a very busy construction season again and we have a number of priority projects identified for work this year.”
The public can check on construction projects and updates by visiting ‘Road Construction Updates’ under the ‘Featured Content’ section on the City’s home page at www.rcgov.org . The site displays maps of various projects with project details, contractor information and start/completion dates, along with contact information if there are questions about a specific project. The City also posts project updates on the City’s social media platform and notifies local media sources of construction project updates.
The City has identified the following as major priority projects for the 2024 construction season, and doesn’t include dozens of other smaller projects that will be worked by crews during the year.
Sheridan Lake Road Breakout Project and Reconstruction:
Two projects totaling $21.7 million. The breakout project includes the relocation of underground utilities, a major retaining wall with fencing, and the installation of the bike path on the east side of Sheridan Lake Road from Catron Boulevard to Corral Drive. The second phase of the project is the reconstruction of the roadway including two left-hand turn lanes at both Catron Boulevard and Corral Drive. An additional west bound lane will be added to Corral Drive to facilitate better access to the schools. To assist with expected traffic flow, a traffic signal will be installed at Moon Meadows Road and Highway 16 prior to Memorial Day. The current ongoing project is being done by Mainline Contracting of Rapid City and the expected completion is May 31, 2024. The follow-on major reconstruction project will begin on June 3, 2024 and the selected contractor is Reede Construction from Aberdeen.
Saint Patrick, Rushmore Road to 5th Street:
The project on Saint Patrick Street has been extended into the spring. The contractor is completing the underground utilities and is progressing on the paving. The major work yet to be completed are the major retaining walls and stairs on the north side of the street. The contractor is Heavy Constructors of Rapid City and the cost of the project is $5.3 million.
Southeast Area Trunk Sewer:
This project includes the replacement of water main, trunk sanitary sewer main, and necessary storm sewer improvements from the intersection of East Meade Street and Elm Avenue West to approximately 350 feet west of the Prairie Avenue and East St. Francis Street intersection. The project includes the replacement of 3000 feet of water main, approximately 3,200 linear feet of sanitary sewer, and a major box culvert storm sewer. This project includes the replacement of pavement disturbed as a result of the utility improvement. With a low bid of $9.97 million, RCS of Rapid City is the contractor and expects to begin work soon.
Wildwood Phase 2:
The project includes the reconstruction of 1,704 feet of road reconstruction including Wildwood Drive from approximately 500' west of Alpine Court to Una Del Drive, Alpine Court, Greenleaf Court, and Vanishing Trail Court. The project includes the replacement of 4,076 linear feet of water main, 3,429 feet of sewer main extension, and 1,204 linear feet of storm sewer construction. RCS Construction is the contractor with a low bid of more than $5.4 million ($5,496,212).
This project includes the replacement of water main and removal on existing PRV stations within the Springbrook Acres Subdivision. The project includes the replacement of approximately 6,200 feet of water main. This project includes the replacement of pavement disturbed as a result of the utility improvement. Work has been suspended on the project for the winter after the completion of Phase 1 and will resume in the spring for Phases 2 and 3. Heavy Constructors is the prime contractor. The project cost is more than $2.1 million ($2,179,210).
143rd and Country Road Sewer:
This project includes the extension of sanitary sewer main in 143rd Street and Country Road from the Country Road Lift Station to Seger Drive. The project includes the extension of 7,900 feet of trunk sewer main. This project includes replacement of pavement disturbed as a result of the utility improvement.
A grant from South Dakota Housing Authority is helping pay the $ 8,963,767 contract amount. Mainline Contracting of Rapid City is the primary contractor.
Sedivy Lane Sewer:
This project includes the replacement/upsize of sanitary trunk sewer to 18" in Sedivy Lane from SD 44 to East St. Francis Street. The project includes the replacement/upsize of 2,800 linear feet of sanitary sewer trunk sewer main. This project includes replacement of pavement disturbed as a result of the utility improvement. Simon Contractors was the low bidder at $2.6 million ($2,638,324) and will begin construction in early spring.
Sioux Avenue & East St. Charles:
Extension/replacement of 8" sewer mains and replacement of existing sewer services from main to property line in Sioux Avenue from E. St. Charles Street to St. Patrick Street, and in E. St. Charles Street from Riley Avenue to Cherry Avenue to address existing non-conforming sewer services. New sewer main will most likely need to be connected to existing main near the Riley Avenue and E. St. Charles Street intersection to achieve deeper sewer main and allow for extension and gravity flow. Also includes replacement of existing 6" DI water mains along the sewer alignment constructed around the 1950's to 1960's with 8" PVC mains and new service lines from main to property line.
Meade Street Water Main Reconstruction, 5th to 7th:
This project includes the replacement of water main in Meade Street from 7th Street to 5th Street and in 6th Street from Flormann Street to Meade Street. The project includes the replacement of approximately 1,200 lineal feet of water main. This project includes ADA ramps and the replacement of pavement disturbed as a result of the utility improvement. Underground Construction is the contractor with a bid of more than $666,0000 ($666,318) and will begin construction in early spring.
Canyon Lake Area Reconstruction, Dover, 9th, and Cottonwood:
This project includes the reconstruction / rehabilitation of 2165 feet of neighborhood streets including Dover Street from Ryther Street to Dover Lane (785 ft), Sun Valley Drive (380 ft), 9th Avenue (450 ft, inlay), Cottonwood Street from 9th Avenue to 1st Avenue (patch for water), and 1st Avenue from Cottonwood Street to Jackson Boulevard (550 ft, inlay). The project includes the replacement of all water main within the project limits (2445 ft). The project includes the abandonment of the Soo San PRV Station. The project includes sanitary sewer replacement in Dover Street and Sun Valley, a spot repair in 9th Avenue, and extension of new sewer in Cottonwood Street.
Carriage Hills, Cliff to Parkridge:
This project includes the reconstruction of 2,718 feet of road reconstruction including Carriage Hills Drive from Parkridge Place to Cliff Drive.
Wonderland Drive Reconstruction, Phase 1:
This project includes the reconstruction of approximately 1,900 feet of road reconstruction including Wonderland Drive from Wonderland Court to Ponderosa Court. The project includes the extension of approximately 3,700 linear feet of water main and approximately 780 linear feet of sanitary sewer main extension.
Pavement Rehabilitation Projects and Annual Street Patching: Each year, the city budgets $2.5 million for street rehabilitation and paving projects. The project selection is based on the needs throughout the city and founded on the recently completed Pavement Condition Index (PCI). The street patching project is completed ahead of the streets identified for a chip seal. The PCI is an analytical analysis of every street in the city and provides a rating of 0-100 for each segment. A chip seal is a process where an emulsified oil is shot on the roadway and then a fine aggregate is added to the oil providing a wearing course and extending the life of the roadway.