Construction on Mount Rushmore Road
The South Dakota Department of Transportation lays out its plans for exactly how that construction will look, and considering nearly 20 thousand cars travel Mount Rushmore road a day.
A lot of factors go into those plans...
"if you look at pictures from the 1950's it looks the same as it did in the 1950's"
Not for long it won't as changes soon come to Mount Rushmore Road.
"It's pretty narrow right now. The road is in pretty sad shape."
Construction is slated to begin in the next 6 months.
First tearing up the south end of the road near tower bridge.
Steve Palmer, engineering supervisor, says, "We will be working on the southbound lanes, so traffic will be head to head, we'll have two-way traffic in the northbound lanes. And then we'll flip that."
Monday night, area business owners and other community members gathered to hear exactly what plans for this road work look like. Palmer, along with contractors on the project answered questions.
"Everybody that we've been talk to says oh it'll be so nice when it's done and that's a lot of times what we hear."
While business owners voiced concerns about losing travelers off the road. Debra Jensen, President, Mt. Rushmore Road Group, says, "We're hoping that there are not a lot of detour signs, we don't want them to detour off Mt. Rushmore Road onto one of the side streets and we certainly don't want them to go around Rapid City during the tourist seasons."
Right now, the Department of Transportation says they plan to not put in any detour signs. Only to put width-restriction warnings along 1-90. That simply to alert vehicles that are too big that they won't fit down the road during the construction.