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Highway 50 Project Moving Forward
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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, December 21, 2017

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Communications Manager, 605.773.3265


PIERRE, S.D. – The planning phase of a project to reconstruct portions of Highway 50 between Tyndall and Tabor has been completed according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.


This section of Highway 50 has seen an above average number of crashes, including serious injury crashes, over the past 12 years.


Several public meetings have been held over the past few years and comments received have helped to shape the plan for the proposed reconstruction.


The department was originally planning to eliminate all four-lane sections on Highway 50 from the Highway 37 north junction east through Tabor. The newly modified plan will retain the four-lane section at the Highway 37 north junction (to Mitchell) and also includes constructing two passing lanes along the rural portion of Highway 50.


The remaining four-lane sections will be reduced to two lanes with a center turn lane at four locations; one at Tabor, one at the intersection with Highway 25 and two near Tyndall. Right turn lanes will be added at many of the affected intersections and will address concerns for vehicles slowing to turn right. The plan also calls for straightening some curves, improving sight distances and potential speed reductions.


“The amount of public participation in this project has been impressive and as we look to meet our mission to efficiently provide a safe and effective transportation system, it’s essential to invest in safety improvements and plan for the future”, says Mike Behm, director of Planning and Engineering. “Two lanes with a center turn lane through these sections will provide more consistent speeds and greatly decrease the risk of high speed intersection crashes.”


Additional information on the project along with a map of the construction area can found at: http://www.sddot.com/dot/publicmeetings/pubmeet_SD50Tyndall.aspx


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