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Highway 385 Heartland Expressway Project Continues
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For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contact: Matt Rippentrop, 605.673.4948

 

Highway 385 Heartland Expressway Project Continues

 

OELRICHS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the final segment of the Heartland Expressway on Highway 385 is under construction between Oelrichs and the Nebraska state line.

 

Beginning April 17 through May 9, traffic will be reduced to one lane for one-quarter of a mile 12.75 miles south of Oelrichs. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph. Motorists can expect delays and may encounter flaggers and a pilot car to guide them through the construction zone. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

 

From April 21 to April 28, a temporary traffic detour will be in place 10 miles south of Oelrichs on Highway 385 to install a box culvert. Traffic will be on gravel through this detour and the speed limit reduced to 45 mph. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

 

On April 28, asphalt paving will begin on an eight-mile segment of the southbound lanes through Oelrichs on Highway 385. Motorists can expect short delays with a pilot car and flaggers guiding traffic through the project.

 

On May 5, concrete paving will begin on the newly constructed northbound lanes from five miles south of Oelrichs on Highway 385 to the Nebraska state line. 

 

Motorists are asked to watch for slowing traffic, merging lanes, construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone, and construction workers.

 

The prime contractor on this $25.2 million project is Loiseau Construction, Inc. of Flandreau.

 

The estimated completion date for the project is June 27 with an overall completion date of Oct. 1, 2014.

 

For more information, contact Matt “Rip” Rippentrop with the SDDOT at 605-673-9016.

 

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

 

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