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Grade Raise on U.S. Highway 81 by Arlington to Begin

For Immediate Release: 
Monday, March 28, 2022

Mike Border, SDDOT Project Engineer, at 1-605-367-5680


ARLINGTON, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin a permanent grade raise on U.S. Highway 81 south of Arlington through the Twin Lakes area. Highway 81 will close to through traffic on Monday, April 4, 2022, as work on the grade raise begins.


This construction project is designed to raise the road approximately two feet to help ensure that the roadway will not flood during future high-water events. 

Access to residents and communities adjacent to the project will be maintained, but travelers are encouraged to use the signed detour route around the project. The detour route around the project includes U.S. Highway 14 and S.D. Highway 34 west to S.D. Highway 25.

The prime contractor for this $8.5 million project is Prairie States Trucking, Inc., Sioux Falls. The completion date for this project is Sept. 28, 2022.

For more information about the project, please contact Mike Border, SDDOT Project Engineer, at Michael.border@state.sd.us or 605-367-5680.  Additional information is available on the project website at https://dot.sd.gov/arlington-pcn-044g.


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