Rapid City Public Works Committee approves community development items

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Tuesday, Rapid City’s Public Works Committee approved three community development items.

One is a federally required transportation improvement program, which lays out projects and associated funding for the next four years. The city will get the final report after the South Dakota Department of Transportation improvement meeting next month.

Also, the Omaha and Sixth Street crossing feasibility study, which is looking into ways to make the crossing safer for bicycles and pedestrians.

“We could grade separate that, it’ll work very well with bikes and peds,” said Kip Harrington, the Rapid City Long Range Planner. “It’ll work very well with automobile traffic, won’t have that real negative impact in any of the surrounding intersections. We’ll have a slight impact to our transit system but it’s one we can work with.”

The committee also acknowledged the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which will identify projects through 2045.

“As a component of that, we also chose to update our bicycle and pedestrian master plan which was last updated in the year 2011,” Harrington said. “So we’ll look at our bike and ped facilities in the community and what we can approve on.”

All the acknowledged reports are still in draft and open to public comment.

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