Drivers Deal With Road Construction In Dell Rapids


It’s an inevitable part of summer in KELOLAND — plenty of road construction across the state. That’s the case in Dell Rapids.

Driving into Dell Rapids, you’ll see dozens of orange cones and road construction workers making progress on Highway 115. 

“That project starts just to the south of town at Quarry Road and extends up to the intersection with 4th street and then continues west out to the interstate so this is year two of a two year project,” Sioux Falls Area Engineer for DOT, Travis Dressen said.

For drivers it’s causing a bit of a disruption in their typical commute.

“When I haul grain in, I don’t want to go through the road construction so I go another way and the gravel roads are rough and dusty so it’s an inconvenience but we needed to fix this road because it was in bad shape,” Dell Rapids resident, Tony Brown said.

Sioux Falls Area Engineer for the Department of Transportation, Travis Dressen says it is a project that needed to be done.

“Based on condition the bridge over the Big Sioux River was in terrible shape, really was in desperate need of replacement, along with that the pavement is also in pretty tough shape,” Dressen said.

As for drivers like Brown, he’s just hoping for a timely completion.

“They’ve got quite a bit of the new cement out there already poured, so they seem to be working on it pretty good, but it’s always a hassle with road construction,” Brown said.

Dressen says construction should wrap up by November of this year with some cleanup work in 2019.

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