Hay Creek Bridge may be done by beginning of November

Work on the Hay Creek Bridge continues as the project is nearing completion. The contractor hopes to have the project wrapped up around the beginning of November. Pioneer photo by Lacey Peterson

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BELLE FOURCHE — Contractors working on the replacement of the Hay Creek Bridge on Eighth Avenue in Belle Fourche hope to have the project complete around the beginning of November, nearly five months after the originally anticipated completion date.

On Oct. 15, 2018, the city, which budgeted $1 million for the project, awarded the $917,672.95 bid to Journey Group Ainsworth-Benning. 

Quentin Geddes, with Ainsworth-Benning told city officials Thursday that the company is working to finish up concrete work, which has been delayed by recent weather.

“I hate still using that word but … snow and rain is still here,” he said.

Barring more extremely wet weather, Geddes hopes the work can be wrapped up around the end of the month or beginning of November.

Another thing delaying the progress is vandalism of freshly poured concrete at the site in recent weeks. On a handful of occasions, the contractor said, people have either intentionally driven or walked or written images or words onto the fresh concrete. The concrete then required more work to bring it back to the intended condition. 

In one instance, a few days ago, the contractor said a woman intentionally drove her vehicle a short distance onto the bridge’s fresh concrete, stopped, and reversed through the tacky material while complaining at crews out her window about how long the project is taking.

The city engineer’s office, in conjunction with HDR Engineering, Inc., and Ainsworth-Benning, typically meet every Wednesday at 9 a.m. The next scheduled meeting date is Oct. 30. The construction update meetings are open to the public and held in the upstairs conference room at Belle Fourche City Hall, located at 511 Sixth Ave.

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