City storm sewer project progresses

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More orange cones and large equipment have created a maze for drivers on Grand Crossing in Mobridge as summer construction continues.

Drivers have not only had to dodge the equipment and orange cones for the South Dakota Department of Transportation project, but have had to deal with city projects along the route as well.

The City of Mobridge is updating a storm sewer system in the Second Avenue West neighborhood in order to relieve flooding issues in that section of town.

The plan was with the DOT project ongoing, it was a perfect time for the city project to be done as it saves Grand Crossing from getting torn up a second time.

Now the DOT project will likely be prolonged into the spring of 2014, but the Second Avenue West project is progressing well, according to Mobridge Water department Manager Brad Milliken.

He said there have been a couple of glitches during the construction including lowering the water main that ran east and west along Grand Crossing at the Second Avenue West intersection, but the project will be completed in the coming weeks.

Milliken said because of the number of pipes coming into the intersection, a junction box would be built to allow better access to the water mains.

He said work on Grand should be completed in a couple of days and work will move onto Second Avenue West north of Grand Crossing and into the alley between First and Second Avenues West.

In the alley, a larger drainage pipe will replace the current pipes and a junction box will be installed to pick up the inlets coming into the alleyway.

Milliken said streets in that neighborhood would be blocked off to through traffic as the work is done. Second Avenue from Fourth Street West to Grand is blocked and it is also blocked north of Grand Crossing at the intersection. That will continue to be blocked as the progresses north.

Alley entrances off of Fourth Street are also blocked in the area, but there is still access to those alleys.

“In the next week or two we will be done. This won’t be a drawn-out project,” said Milliken. “We will know about how long it will take at the end of this week.”

The city will then complete the work on the water main on 14th Street West. Milliken said that project should take about a week.

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