Outlaw Square construction on schedule
DEADWOOD — The Deadwood City Commission April 1 acknowledged $478,366 for foundation and utility work in phase two work for Outlaw Square. Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker said the project remains on budget and on schedule. Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Scull Construction is the prime contractor. This phase of the construction entails surveying, material testing, foundation concrete, and excavation and utilities. The surveying portion of the package went to Ferber Construction for $5,000; material testing went to FMG Engineering for $8,000; foundation concrete went to Scull Construction for $207,700; excavation and utilities went to Quinn Construction for $133,500; construction managers general conditions was $69,415; and insurance, bond, and taxes total $54,751. Kuchenbecker also briefed the Historic Preservation Commission on Outlaw Square progress during his staff report March 27. The water feature has been firmed up to feature five jets near the creek, a hand pump with water coming out, and a rocker box with water feeding through it. “That way, a child, an adult can go up there and swish water from side to side, and it will go down into a simulated creek,” Kuchenbecker said. Commissioners expressed positive input regarding the changes. A start on the public restrooms and stage area is currently underway, along with the utility work and Deadwood Street reconstruction. As part of the project, Deadwood Street will be realigned to meet Shine Street, creating an additional sitting area next to Hickock’s; the realignment was identified in the 1992 comprehensive plan. The closure of Deadwood Street continues to June 15, opening right before Wild Bill Days to one-way traffic and then having the ability to move that to two-way traffic during special events, as well as pedestrian traffic flow. During phase two, general construction through June 15, and sidewalks along Highway 14A and Main Street will be closed to the public, while a four-foot section of sidewalk will remain open along Hickok’s. Deadwood Street will be fully closed. During phase three, June 15 through Sept. 15, sidewalks will be open to the public along Main Street, while the sidewalk along Highway 14A will be closed. There will be no access to Highway 14A. “To accommodate the tight construction schedule, Deadwood Street will likely be closed throughout the project period” Kuchenbecker said. Outlaw Square will include public restrooms, a stage, storage, ice rink, and turf, as well as historic features. In other business regarding Outlaw Square, a director has been hired. Bobby Rock will begin his duties April 15, and Deadwood Chamber Executive Director Lee Harstad said there were more than 40 applicants for the position. “It was quite popular with job seekers, and we received many very well-qualified candidates,” Harstad said, adding, “Bobby’s background in promotions and events, along with intricate knowledge of Deadwood and its processes, ultimately led to his hiring.” Harstad said Rock’s job duties are varied, but basically, he will be responsible for running the Square, from booking events to raising sponsorships, Harstad said. “It will also be a fluid position, due to its newness,” Harstad said. “All in all, it’s an exciting time for Deadwood, and we look forward to cutting the ribbon on the square.” The opening of Outlaw Square is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
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