Public meeting Wednesday for phase 1 construction of Jackson Boulevard

March 23, 2019

SPEARFISH — Curious about the upcoming Jackson Boulevard construction? Mark 6 p.m. Wednesday on the calendar, when the city of Spearfish hosts a public meeting for the start of phase 1 construction, from about Third to 10th streets. The meeting takes place in Spearfish City Hall, and details about the project, including the contractor’s sequence and schedule, will be presented, with a time for questions after the presentation.

According to the Jackson Boulevard Street, Storm, and Utility Improvements Project Phase 1 Project Description, updated March 14, “Phase 1 of the project is located from 3rd Street to 10th Street and includes underground utility improvements, converting the current 4 lane roadway to a 5 lane roadway with raised medians and center turn lanes, bike lanes from 3rd Street to Canyon Street, a raised median on Main Street from Jackson Boulevard to Kansas Street, landscaping, and lighting.”

Work on this phase is scheduled to begin as soon as weather permits this spring, with the work scheduled to be substantially complete by Nov. 8, with the completion of landscaping and other miscellaneous items by June 1, 2020, the description states.

Adam McMahon, project engineer for the city, provided a description of what people can expect for traffic control during phase 1 construction.

Traffic on Jackson Boulevard would be reduced to one lane each direction during construction, and motorists should expect lane closures at times on Main Street one block north and south of Jackson Boulevard during portions of construction.

The traffic signals at Main Street and Canyon Street would be disabled at time, with a four—way stop utilized during portions of construction. Turn lanes at the Jackson Boulevard and Main Street intersection would be maintained during most of the construction project, but they would be closed at times during portions of construction.

Up to two side streets may be closed at any one time during the project, and access to businesses and homes shall be maintained at all times. Providing alternate access is permitted, and locations with multiple access may be reduced to one access. The contractor would coordinate and notify landowners of any alterations to their accesses.

In addition, Jackson Boulevard from Meier Avenue to Third Street will be permitted to close, for up to 14 days, with traffic detoured over the Grant Street bridge in order to complete the installation of underground utilities.

During the construction, Jackson Boulevard would be permitted, for up to four days, to be reduced to one westbound lane from Main Street to Seventh Street, with eastbound traffic detoured to Illinois Street, to complete the installation of underground utilities.

Following the presentation Wednesday will be a time for residents to voice questions, and additional information is on the city’s website, cityofspearfish.com, additional information and updates posted as the project proceeds, McMahon said.

Phase 2 of the Jackson Boulevard project, currently under design, 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. Phase 2 is scheduled for construction in 2020.

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