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Engineering services for Exit 8 rec path awarded for $169K

April 4, 2019 GMT

SPEARFISH — The Spearfish City Council Monday took the next step toward getting a multiuse rec path built to the Exit 8 area.

The council approved a proposal from FMG Engineering for engineering service to include preparation of topographic and property surveys, preliminary and final design plans, preparing easement exhibits, leading project meetings, and providing bidding assistance for phase 1 and 2 of the Exit 8 Area Community Path Project for $168,999. The total budget for design and engineering services is $325,000 from the second penny fund.

Earlier this year, the council selected to construct approximately 3 miles of shared use pathway, with asphalt surface, along the western and northwestern side of town, connecting its current rec path system with subdivisions in the Exit 8 area.

The location of the pathway was determined through a previous study completed by FMG Engineering. It travels from College Lane, along Mortensen Drive, through Spearfish Pellet Company, LLC, property to Hillsview Road, starting on the south side and then crossing to the north side, to the east side of McGuigan Road, cutting further east to either utilize the west side Clear Spring Road, eliminating the current parking, for bicycle traffic and the sidewalk on the west side of the road for pedestrian traffic to Tumbleweed Trail, utilizing the existing Higgins Gulch crossing at Tumbleweed Trail, then continuing along the east side of McGuigan Road to Exit 8, then along Old Belle Road to Russell Street.

Construction of the path would be completed in two phases over two construction phases, with the first phase set to begin in spring 2020 and completion expected in fall 2021.

During this phase of engineering work, FMG would determine, “based on available funds and construction timeline, which portions of the project shall be constructed during each phase,” the proposal states.

The engineering and construction budget for phase 1 is $845,000 and $525,000 for phase 2, for an estimated total of $1.37 million. The city has $1.375 million in its five-year capital plan for the final design and construction of the project.

A report detailing the route is available at cityofspearfish.com/Engineering/Conceptual%20Design%20Report%202-8-2019.pdf.

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