Work progressing on Spearfish City Hall Site Improvements project
SPEARFISH — Those stopping by Spearfish City Hall, Hudson Hall, or Spearfish Fire Department Station 1 should be on the lookout for construction crews.
“When visiting the area, just be careful – there’s a lot of construction going on; there’s a lot of things happening there,” City Engineer Kyle Mathis said. “The contractors are looking out for the public and trying to keep separation between (work areas and areas of public access) … to keep them safe, but be on the lookout when you’re entering the area.”
Work on the 2019 Spearfish City Hall Site Improvements project started in late April, and it encompasses the city block from Fifth and Canyon streets to Illinois and Hudson streets. The scope includes parking lot repairs and storm drainage improvements, repair and replacement of non-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant sidewalks, handicap parking spots, handicap ramps, and building accesses, repair of lawn irrigation system, water service line replacement, and an outdoor reading area adjacent to the library on the east side.
The Spearfish City Council awarded the project in January to GTI Companies, Inc., for $419,921.91.
When the city council approved design services in March 2018, city staff explained that the parking lot areas on the block have areas with poor drainage, are showing signs of substantial wear, and are in need of rehabilitation. There are also segments of handicap parking, sidewalks, and handicap ramps that are not ADA compliant currently, and various components of the existing irrigation system have failed.
Mathis said that the project is currently in phase 1 of 4, with work currently taking place on the south side of the block, around Hudson Hall and Fire Station 1, as well as around the entrance to Grace Balloch Memorial Library and the entrance to the Spearfish Police Department.
He added that throughout the project, at least one ADA-accessible route will be maintained for each facility. Right now, the main entrance to Hudson Hall is under construction, so the east side of the building has a temporary ramp in place for access.
“The overall goal is primarily to update everything to ADA standards,” Mathis said. “There’s sidewalk and some of the entrances into the buildings have some non-ADA compliant access …we want to update that, obviously, and the parking lot is in need of rehabilitation, too, so we’re repairing the parking lot, as well, and replacing a couple of water services to a couple of the buildings that are older water services, as well.”
Parking in and around the work area is limited due to the work, and those accessing the work area are reminded to be on the lookout for workers, signs, traffic cones, etc.
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in early June, with the overall project scheduled for completion by Aug. 16.
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