Sheridan Lake Road improvement project approved

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Commission approved a $2 million project to enhance safety along an 11-mile stretch of Sheridan Lake Road south of Rapid City Tuesday.

A part of Sheridan Lake Road south of Rapid City will get some safety improvements by 2021. Photo Date: Dec. 5, 2018.

A part of Sheridan Lake Road south of Rapid City will get some safety improvements.

Improvements will be made along the road between U.S. Highway 385 and Albertta Drive.

The improvements include adding curbs and gutters in the urban section, as well as widening the travel lanes to 12 feet.

Four-foot shoulders will also be added, along with a center turn lane east of Victoria Lake Road.

Mark Schock, assistant superintendent of the Pennington County Highway Department, said that the goal of the project is to improve safety on the stretch of winding road.

“These are basically projects to widen and make the road safer for drivers and pedestrians,” Schock said. “It will improve sight distance and should flatten out curves and hills to a 50 mile an hour design.”

A bike lane was proposed but rejected due to the additional costs in procuring right-of-way.

Schock said that bidding will begin in 2019. The project is planned to begin construction in 2020 and to be completed in 2021.

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