Rapid City bridge closed due to 3-foot hole
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City’s Public Works department has closed a bridge over Rapid Creek on East Main Street North until further notice.
The bridge, which is between Steele Avenue and Brennan Avenue, has a hole in the bridge deck that is three feet by one foot in diameter. City officials say that a chunk of concrete fell through the bridge, leaving the hole with exposed rebar. A City Street Department official discovered the hole Monday afternoon.
City Public Works Director Dale Tech indicates the bridge is approximately 35 years old and the city had scheduled updates for the bridge next year after receiving a Department of Transportation grant earlier this year.
Communications Director for Rapid City, Darrell Shoemaker said “Folks who may not be familiar with that area that’s the bridge that leads to the Central States Fair Grounds over by the Rushmore Little League fields. And so upon discovery of that hole it was determined to close that bridge so we have detours and closure signs in the vicinity basically anyone in that area needs to find an alternate route.”
No cause has been determined for what created the hole. Tech says officials will be assessing the condition of the bridge and determining options for repair of the affected area in advance of the permanent upgrades.