Jackson Blvd. project progressing quicker than expected

The first phase of the Jackson Boulevard project is moving along smoothly with work on the north side of the street wrapping up. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal

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SPEARFISH — Work on the first phase of the Jackson Boulevard project is moving on ahead of schedule this week.

Top lift asphalt paving was scheduled to keep the north half of the intersections of Third, Canyon, and Fifth streets closed until Saturday; however, Adam McMahon the city project engineer, said those roads have been reopened early.

“It was just causing all sorts of headaches,” McMahon said. “So we figured out a way to go ahead and open it early.”

McMahon said once the crews are able to get traffic lines painted on the newly paved north side of the street, traffic will be redirected and work will begin on the south side next week.

The Phase 1 portion of the Jackson Boulevard reconstruction project, from about Third to 10th streets, was awarded in February to RCS Construction, Inc., of Rapid City, for $3,894,989.13. 

Elements included in phase 1 include the installation of water and sanitary sewer main replacement; new storm sewer trunkline from Spearfish Creek to Eighth Street; conversion of the current four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with raised medians and center turn lanes; bike lanes from Third to Fifth streets; a raised median on Main Street from Jackson Boulevard to Kansas Street; landscaping and new street lighting; and a new traffic signal at Canyon Street. 

The substantial completion date for the phase 1 portion of work is Nov. 13. More information about the project can be found at cityofspearfish.com/departments or by calling the Building and Development office at 642-1335.

Phase 2 of the Jackson Boulevard project, currently under design and scheduled for construction in 2020, runs from University to Third streets and 10th Street to Interstate 90 and includes underground utility improvements, converting the current four-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway with raised medians and center turn lanes, a roundabout at the Ames Street intersection, protected bike lanes, landscaping, and lighting, the project description states.

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