Weather delays Grand Crossing project
– By Katie Zerr
Rains in May and June that have breathed life into the area pastures and fields have caused problems for crews working to update Grand Crossing.
According to South Dakota Department of Transportation Engineer John Villbrandt of the Mobridge office, the weather conditions have set the project back about three weeks.
On Monday, June 24, Vilbrandt said the crews are working to make up some of those days, but they don’t know if they will be able to get back on schedule.
“The east half won’t be done on schedule,” he said. “We will know where we are at next week. I don’t know if we will be able to pull up the traffic control and open up two lanes of traffic for the holiday.”
He said he would like to see two-lanes of traffic from the middle of next week until Sunday, July 7.
“Hopefully we will be able to flow better through the next phase,” he said.
Villbrandt said drivers should use caution when going through the construction zone, as crews are close to the traffic lanes. He said most accidents in construction zones involve vehicle and pedestrians. He asked that drivers slow down and pay close attention to what is going on when passing through the construction zone.