PIEDMONT – Should you've ever taken Exit 46 from Interstate 90 at Elk Creek Street, you understand how a large number the interchange will be.
Over the following two years, this exit will disappear and get replaced by a brand new interchange simply to the south.
You could have till April 9 at midday to let challenge engineers know what you consider their plan. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Division of Transportation is nearly holding public conferences. So, to touch upon the plan, go to dot.sd.gov/projects-studies/ initiatives / public-meetings
The Meade County Fee at its Tuesday assembly voted unanimously to ship a letter of assist for the challenge to DOT.
"Why wouldn't we wish to ship one thing favorable?" Requested Commissioner Doreen Creed.
Commissioner Talbot Wieczorek, who lives within the Piedmont area, provided to ship a letter of assist for the challenge and the one extra remark the fee would ship could be to ask if the reconfiguration of Exit 46 may very well be moved to the highest of the DOT listing. initiatives.
“We would favor to see it evolve given the event of the county and the pace at which it’s creating,” he mentioned.
Wieczorek mentioned the challenge is predicted to begin in 2024.
"The primary feedback we hear in Piedmont are that they need this carried out sooner," he mentioned.
Jennica Wilcox, advisor and challenge supervisor at Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, mentioned in a ready video presentation that the Exit 46 interchange at present has a myriad of points.
The design has security and operational considerations because of the proximity of Elk Creek Street and Sturgis Street west of the interchange, and with the crossing on the interchange. East of the interchange.
As well as, the present bridge over I-90 doesn’t embody pedestrian and bicycle lanes, and each ramps are managed by cease indicators. She mentioned the brand new design will enhance the pavement and put together for the longer term enlargement of I-90.
The proposed challenge will cowl an space roughly three kilometers lengthy.
The brand new exit will probably be simply south of the present exit. The challenge may also embody the realignment of Elk Creek Street and adjoining roads within the space.
Interstate 90 was initially in-built 1959 and Elk Creek Street was in-built 1957, Wilcox mentioned.
Interstate 90 is predicted to hold 20,000 to 25,000 automobiles per day. Based on Wilcox, the adjoining Sturgis highway is predicted to hold between 2,000 and four,000 automobiles per day.
There may be little concern that these roads might assist this capability.
"The present interchange setup (at Exit 46) has operational and questions of safety at close by intersections," Wilcox mentioned.
Listed below are some shortcomings recognized with exit 46 that led to its alternative:
• Opening the bridge won’t enable future enlargement of I-90
• The lean angle of the bridge creates vast finish ramp intersections and tough turning actions, particularly for big automobiles
• A carefully spaced main intersection causes battle and questions of safety
• A slim succession of ramp, stage crossing and native entry raises security considerations.
• The slim bridge just isn’t appropriate for pedestrians.
• The vertical curve of the ridge on the bridge impedes the sight distance, making it tough for automobiles to journey safely.
“The bridge is functionally out of date,” Wilcox mentioned.
And the continued improvement within the Piedmont and Summerset areas is attracting extra individuals to these areas and making the issue worse, she mentioned.
Visitors will probably be maintained all through the two-year development interval, Wilcox mentioned. And the phases of the challenge will adapt to the Sturgis Motorbike Rally schedule.
The westbound lane of Interstate 90 will probably be within the first yr of the challenge, adopted by eastbound.
There will probably be a vital detour from Elk Creek Street throughout a part of the two-year development interval, Wilcox mentioned.
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