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Exit 14 ribbon-cutting set for June 20

June 12, 2018 GMT

SPEARFISH — The final project items at Interstate 90’s Exit 14 reconstruction project are getting wrapped up.

“The project is going well,” Joel Flesner, South Dakota Department of Transportation Belle Fourche Area project engineer, said. “Crews are in the process of finishing up the remaining items.”

While the official June 1 completion date has passed, remaining work includes permanent signing, sealing joints, permanent pavement markings and replacing the last couple of cracked panels, Flesner said.

During the last couple of weeks, crews have continued sealing joints, replacing cracked panels, installing pavement markings, signs, bridge joint seals, cable rail, seeding, asphalt paving under the bridge, and applying the epoxy chip seal in the two large islands on the bridge, he said, adding that he anticipates another two or three weeks to complete the remaining work.

There is a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 20 to celebrate the completed project, in its third and final year. The ceremony will be held on the west side of the bridge at Exit 14, and the public is invited.

There will be a short presentation by Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Darin Bergquist, city of Spearfish Mayor Boke, Tammy Williams, DOT Belle Fourche area engineer, and David Gustafson, president of Heavy Constructors, Inc., prime contractor for the project.

Work began on the $28 million interchange reconstruction project in March 2016. Crews have shifted the on- and off-ramps along Interstate 90 to Exit 14; straightened a section of Highway 14A/Colorado Boulevard near the exit, moving the roadway north from where it had been located; created a new, six-lane bridge east of the former bridge’s location, to line up 27th Street south of the interstate; installed new traffic signals on 27th Street at First Avenue and Colorado Boulevard; and improved pedestrian access through sidewalk on the west side of the bridge and along the west side of 27th Street to the north, with connection to the rec path.

Flesner reminded motorists to continue to be on the lookout for flaggers, construction workers, and equipment adjacent to the roadway, construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone, and suddenly slowing, merging, and stopped traffic. Motorists are also asked to slow down through the work zone.

“Overall the project has gone well,” Flesner said. “A project of this size takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to complete. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work, effort, and patience on this project.”

“I hope this new exit will serve the continued growth of Spearfish for many years,” Flesner said.

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