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Highway 12 Corridor Study Aberdeen to Ipswich Project Update

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265


IPSWICH, S.D. – On June 30, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Transportation held the first of two open house style public meetings to gather input on the U.S. Highway 12 Corridor from Aberdeen to Ipswich.


More than 100 individuals attended the open house held at Ipswich High School. As part of the public comment period, SDDOT and its consultant received a substantial number of written comments that have been integrated into to development of improvement strategies for the Highway 12 corridor.

The summary of public input received as part of the first public input meeting is posted online at www.us12study.com.

As part of the public input process, it was noted that additional traffic analysis reflecting peak conditions along the Highway 12 corridor during the fall harvest would be beneficial for the study. Counts were completed in Oct. 2016, to give SDDOT and its consultant an additional set of data along the Highway 12 corridor that should account for heavier seasonal truck traffic patterns.


In the time since the first public input meeting, SDDOT and its consultant have been working to incorporate the new data and public input into the development of both intersection and corridor level improvements to both safety and mobility along Highway 12.


A second public meeting to present the newly compiled information and updated schedule is planned to be held on Jan. 30, at the Ipswich High School Theater.

For more information or questions on the U.S. Highway 12 Corridor Study contact Wade Kline, KLJ Project Manager at 701.271.5009 or by email at wade.kline@kljeng.com or Steve Gramm, SDDOT Project Development at 605.773.6641 or by email at steve.gramm@state.sd.us.