$16.3 million makeover planned for Highway 115 in 2016
January 22. 2013 3:36PM
An estimated $16.3 million, two-year road construction project set for 2016 will impact dozens of property owners in and around Dell Rapids, as well as anyone who travels to and from the city.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation briefed area residents last week on the impending construction project, which will include a newly constructed Interstate 29 interchange at the Dell Rapids exit, as well significant work to the surface of Highway 115 from the interstate to 248th Avenue, also referred to as the Colton highway.
Mark Malone, with SDDOT, said the construction is expected to begin in 2016 and will be completed over two construction seasons. The first season, he said, crews will replace and elevate the interchange by three to four feet.
The interstate interchange will be closed while the overpass and ramps are being reconstructed, a move Malone said will enable contractors to complete the project as quickly as possible.
Also during the initial phase of construction, Malone said Hwy 115 is slated to be widened to include a center turn lane from Golf View Drive to the intersection of Hwy 115 and 4th St., an upgrade that will impact driveways and encroachments along the highway.
Malone said that of the 43 crashes that occurred on that stretch of Hwy 115 between 2009 and 2011, five might have been avoided had a left turn lane been present.
“From what we figured, a town this size is best suited with three lanes,” he said.
Because the road will be expanded, Malone said any businesses with signage in the right of way will be required to relocate the signs onto the private property.
The bridge west of the Hwy 115 and 4th Street intersection will also be widened.
The second phase of the project, to begin in 2017, will feature resurfacing of Hwy 115 from just north of 3rd Street to 248th Ave. and replacing the two bridges near Dell Rapids southern city limit.
During the 2017 work, northbound traffic into Dell Rapids will be detoured to Garfield Avenue on Centennial Place.
The City of Dell Rapids, because of water and sewer infrastructure upgrades and accommodations for the existing trail system will be include in the project, will fund a small portion of the construction, said Justin Weiland, Dell Rapids city administrator.
“We don’t know exactly how much yet, but it will be a very small percent,” he said.
The project will also include curb and gutter along much of the 5.6 miles of road to be worked on, as well as lighting upgrades.