More traffic delays on Highway 14A near Central City begin Monday

Additional delays on Highway 14A between Lead and Maitland Road begin Monday to allow for a pipe replacement project to be completed. 

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CENTRAL CITY — Motorists, plan accordingly. In addition to the current box culvert project in full swing on Highway 14A in Central City, another project will have motorists delayed between Maitland Road and Lead. Previously, the South Dakota Department of Transportation said the road would be completely shut down. However, a new plan will allow for the road to remain open with one lane. This starts on Monday and will last approximately two weeks.

“This is a pipe replacement project that will last from Sept. 23 through Oct. 4,” said Mike Carlson of the DOT. “It’s almost an emergency. We have a 96-inch pipe that has failed, and it will take time to dig it out and put a new pipe in. It’s a really big pipe. Then we’ll have to fix the bedding and put the pipe back in place. It’s just not functioning like it should be so the road remains stable.”

Project engineer Harry Johnston of the DOT said the pipe is metal and will be replaced with a concrete pipe, a $430,000 project.

“One week they’ll work on the outlet. One week they’ll work on the inlet,” Johnston said. “There is every kind of line you can think of in there – fiber, gas, water, sewer -- and they’ll have to work around them. Hopefully, this will lessen the impact to traffic, though.”

Johnston said that the box culvert project that has been going on for several months just up the road is expected to be buttoned up next month.

“We are hoping to wrap up the asphalt paving by Oct. 4, weather dependent,” he said.

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