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U.S. Highway 81 Construction Beginning Phase 2 South of Watertown

For Immediate Release:  Thursday, July 26, 2018

Contact:  Bryce R. Olson  605-882-5166


WATERTOWN, S.D. – BX Civil and Construction, Inc., a contractor for the SD Department of Transportation, will begin Phase 2 work at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue South on Monday, July 30.  Construction of Phase 1 along US Highway 81 and the east leg of 20th Avenue South will soon be completed.   


During Phase 2 construction, traffic movements will be restored at the intersection. Traffic will be using the newly constructed roundabout as normal for northbound, southbound and eastbound traffic.  A temporary traffic diversion for westbound traffic will be in place as the remaining west leg of 20th Avenue South will be constructed during Phase 2 construction.  Due to the tight turning radius of the diversion, the current southbound traffic diversion will remain in place for Phase 2.  All traffic approaching the roundabout from the west must turn south on the current diversion and continue southbound on US Highway 81. All westbound truck traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route during Phase 2 construction. 


All traffic in the area is encouraged to pay special attention to the in-place signing and pavement markings entering, exiting and through the roundabout itself.  Traffic should proceed in a single lane through the roundabout, and no passing is allowed within the area of the roundabout.  Traffic is reminded that colored concrete sections encountered within the roundabout are not intended for use by car traffic.  All colored concrete sections are only to be used to accommodate truck trailers.  Motorists should use caution through the roundabout as construction work is still proceeding. 


Weekly public meetings for the project will continue to be held at the Watertown Police Department Community Room each Thursday at 9 a.m. through the end of construction.


US Highway 81 will be reconstructed at the intersection of 20th Avenue South.  Construction includes grading of a single-lane roundabout, concrete surfacing, asphalt surface treatment, permanent signing, permanent striping and roadway lighting.


The substantial completion date for this $1.88 million project is Aug. 3, 2018, and the overall completion date is expected to be Aug. 17, 2018.


For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com or dial 511.



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