Lawrence County Commission approves 5-year road plan
DEADWOOD — Tuesday, following a public meeting held to garner input on the final draft of the Lawrence County five-year road plan, county commissioners approved the document, which is required to qualify the county for road and bridge grant funds.
The approved plan sets forth $4.5 million in improvements for 2019, an increase of approximately $300,000 compared to 2018.
Highway Superintendent Allan Bonnema followed a request by commission chairman Brandon Flanagan to highlight the year-by-year changes the document contains, as compared to the 2018-2022 version.
Bonnema said the major changes to the proposed 2019 plan includes both projects that were moved back to 2019 from 2018, as well as new projects that cropped up during the course of 2018.
“I know it lacks detail,” Bonnema said.
“You can’t do detail on a five-year plan,” Flanagan said. “This is a great guide, a great outline. The state wants this for the grants and we like to see it so when people ask me … it helps us talk to the public.”
“It’s good the state forced us into doing this and now, it’s a good practice. It helps,” said commissioner Daryl Johnson.
Planned projects for 2019 include the following in these estimated dollar amounts: 3.43-mile asphalt overlay on North Rochford Road from Custer Crossing Road north to the Dumont Parking Lot, $975,000; .5-mile asphalt repair on Hanna Road, $88,000; .3-mile asphalt repair on Winterville Road, $55,440; .35-mile asphalt repair on Mineral Place Road, $61,600; .25-mile asphalt repair on West Oliver Street, $44,000; .2-mile asphalt repair on East Oliver Street, $40,000; chip seal and fog seal 4.46 miles on Whitewood Service Road 14D, $178,400; chip seal and fog seal 4.2 miles on Whitewood Valley Road, $168,000; chip seal and fog seal 1.4 miles on 14A Service Road, $65,000; chip seal and fog seal 1 mile on Evans Lane, $60,000; chip seal and fog seal 1 mile on Upper Valley Road, $60,000; rout and crack seal 1.4 miles on Hillsview, $10,500; rout and crack seal 1 mile on Brookview Road; striping 85 miles of pavement, $66,000; regravel 19.3 miles of gravel roads $499,870; magging 121.5 miles of gravel roads, $560,000; replacement and repairs of culverts and small bridges, $110,250; bridge replacement on Lookout Mountain Road -- Lawrence County’s 20 percent share of project, $140,625; bridge replacement on Dorsett Road -- Lawrence County’s 20 percent share of project, $154,425; Lawrence County’s 50 percent share for Bridge Improvement Grant construction grant for bridge on Whitewood Valley Road, if awarded and built, $691,888; Lawrence County’s 50 percent share for BIG rehabilitation grant for bridge over Spearfish Creek on Highway 14A Service Road, $250,000.
Bonnema said the biggest challenge for 2019 will be trucking gravel.
“We currently have no gravel left,” Bonnema said.
Commissioner Randy Deibert asked if the Spearfish Creek bridge in Highway 14 near Interstate 90’s Exit 10 will be done whether or not the grant is received.
Bonnema said if the grant is not received, the county will reapply.
“It needs to be redone before we have to post that bridge for a weight limit, but right now, we’re not at that point yet,” he said. “The biggest issue is 4,354 vehicles a day go over that baby.”
Looking forward to 2020, Bonnema said he will apply for three bridge construction grants and hopes to receive that funding, while the biggest change is the addition of a .57-mile asphalt overlay on Oliver Street in the amount of $450,000.
“It wasn’t on there last time, but if you’ve driven out there lately, you can see how the pavement is busting up,” Bonnema said.
Johnson said that 99 percent of the breakup is caused by logging truck traffic heading to Spearfish Forest Products saw mill and asked if there isn’t some way they could share in the cost of repairing it.
Deibert said representatives from Neiman will be at an upcoming commission meeting, that there are traffic changes underway at the plant, and that should be part of the discussion.
In 2021, a change in the participation in a joint project with the city of Spearfish to improve Maitland Road from Vorhees Lane south to Christensen Drive, including an asphalt overlay, a .67-mile project, was increased from $400,000 to $700,000.
Commissioners asked Bonnema why the jump was so substantial.
He said the price includes urbanization, if that’s what the city wants to do.
“We’re not going to put curb and gutter in,” said Flanagan.
In addition to the aforementioned, other planned projects over the next five years include: an asphalt overlay on North Rochford Road from Dumont Parking Lot north to Hanna Road, 3.63 miles, $1.1 million for 2020; asphalt overlay on North Rochford Road from Hanna Road north to junction of SD Hwy 85, 2.54 miles, $1 million for 2021; asphalt overlay on Hanna Road from North Rochford Road west to the Lead Country Club, .5 mile, $200,000 for 2021; asphalt overlay on Maitland Road from Christensen Drive south to Forest Service Boundary Line, 2.03 miles, $1 million for 2022; asphalt overlay on Crook City road from Whitewood City limit south, 1 mile, $250,000 for 2022; asphalt overlay on Whitewood Valley Road from SD Hwy 34 north 4.2 miles to the intersection of Big Horn Road, $1.3 million for 2023; asphalt overlay on Nemo Road from Pennington County line north to Steamboat Rock Recreation Area, 2.5 miles, $700,000 for 2023.
A 10-year, $6.8 million gravel plan also accompanies the road plan. For 2019, planned gravel projects totaling $499,870 for gravel only include: Dorsett Road, .32 miles, $7,903; Englewood Road, 1.5 miles, $38,850; Benchmark Road (East), 2.25 miles, $58,275; Iron Creek Lake Road, .73 miles, $18,907; Brownsville Road, 6.73 miles, $174,307; Archery Road, .85 miles, $22,015; Hideaway Road, 1.16 miles, $30,044 miles; Old Iron Horse Road, 1.12 miles, $29,008; Boxelder Forks Road, .54 miles, $13,986; Thompson Road, .8 miles, $20,720; Old Ridge Road, 2.05 miles, $53,095; Hill Place Road, .31 miles, $8,029; 117th Ave., .94 miles, $24,346.
A state requirement implemented in 2016, along with a new wheel tax for constituents, the road plan is a document that can be changed at any time by the county and doesn’t require state approval to do so.
Bonnema must submit the five-year plan document to the state by Oct. 15 in order to qualify the county for wheel tax and bridge improvement grant funds.
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