Project: EM 0385(15)0 PCN # 00D0 Fall River County
Location: Start 1/2 mile north of Oelrichs or Highway Junction 385 & 18 south on hgihway 385 to the South Dakota/Nebraska state line (13.2 miles).
Improvement Type: Reconstruction and Final Completion is October 1, 2014
What is being built?
The last portion of the Heartland Expressway four lanes is being built from Oelrichs, SD to the Nebraska state line on Hwy 385. The second two lane northbound lane will be constructed while traffic remains on the existing highway.
Construction Update - May 14, 2013
A temporary traffic detour is in place from 1/2 mile north of Oelrichs on Hwy 385, through the intersection of Hwy 385 & 18, and to 3/4 miles south of Oelrichs on Hwy 385. Traffic is on gravel through a portion of this detour. During working hours in the detour area the speed limit is 45 mph and non-working hours the speed limit is 55 mph. There is also currently a 12-foot width restriction in place through the detour.
Beginning May 22nd (Wed.) pending any delays, concrete paving operations will begin 1/2 mile north of Oelrichs on the new northbound two lane highway and then will move to the south over the next couple weeks to the railroad tracks south of Oelrichs four miles. There will be three entrances into the town of Oelrichs during this time:
- On the north end of Oelrichs, turn east at the intersection of Hwy 385 and 18, drive 1/2 mile east on Hwy 18, and then turn south on Main Street.
- On the west side of Oelrichs, turn east on 4th Street or at "The Office" cafe. This will be the only west entrance into Oelrichs during concrete paving operations from May 22nd to mid-July.
- On the south side of Oelrichs, turn east on Milligan Road, drive 1/4 mile east to the intersection of Milligan Road and Old Highway 79, and then turn north onto Old Highway 79 for 1/4 mile.
Heavy dirt excavation with scrapers is taking place three to four miles south of Oelrichs on Highway 385. Trucks are hauling gravel material for the new northbound road. Also misc. pipe is being placed at various locations.
This summer it is anticipated the new Horsehead Creek Bridge, four miles south of Oelrichs, will continue to be constructed.
Other Work To Be Completed in 2013
Around mid-July after the new northbound two lanes are completed from the intersection of Hwy 385 & 18 to south of Oelrichs four miles or just north of the railroad tracks, traffic will be switched to the new northbound highway. This will allow the contractor to reconstruct the existing Hwy 385 from Oelrichs to the south three miles.
There will be four box culvert/pipe locations from south of Oelrichs four miles to the Nebraska state line that will have temporary detours while they are being installed throughout the summer.
The contractor will continue grading with scrapers for the new northbound lane from south of Oelrichs four miles to the Nebraska state line. Then the new concrete two lane highway will be constructed.
After traffic is switched to the new northbound highway, the contractor will reconstruct the existing highway and then pave it from Oelrichs to three miles south of Oelrichs.
To complete the project, the existing highway from south of Oelrichs three miles to the Nebraska state line will be overlaid with a new asphalt surface.
The intention is to potentially complete the project during the construction season of 2013 with the weather pending, which would be one year before the project's final completion of October 1, 2014.