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Grading Work on US 83 in Jones County to Begin

For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Contact: Doug Sherman (605)-842-0810


MURDO, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 83 south of Murdo will be shifting from offline grading to mainline grading.


Surfacing removal will begin approximately eight miles south of Murdo at a point just north of the Horse Creek Bridge to tie into the offline work and will extend south for about two miles. 


Traffic will be guided through the project during the daytime hours via flaggers and pilot car. During nighttime hours, two-way traffic will be allowed through the project with signing to guide motorists. 


Once the surfacing is removed, traffic movement will be difficult at times as motorists will be travelling on sections of dirt subbase. Motorists can expect up to 20-minute delays and may want to consider an alternate route.


During times of inclement weather, conditions of the dirt surface may deteriorate to the point that Highway 83 between the cities of White River and Murdo will need to be closed. If this occurs, flaggers will be present 24 hours a day to warn motorists of the road closures and information posted on safetravelusa.com/sd.


The contractor is working on this nearly 12-mile project in sections. Once this two-mile section is complete, the grading operation will shift to the section and so on through November 2019 with an overall completion date of July 31, 2020. A base course will be laid over the completed dirt work to provide a stable driving surface.


The prime contractor on this $18.6 million project is Zandstra Construction Inc. of Rapid City.


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



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