Section of 6th Street to close as construction crews make upgrades

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Construction crews started working on another section of railroad tracks in Rapid City Thursday.

Work has started on the 6th Street crossing just south of the intersection of 6th and Apolda Streets. The construction crew is improving signals for oncoming trains and also upgrading the crossing. In just a few days, you will have to find an alternate route, as this crossing will be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles.

Engineering Supervisor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation Steve Palmer says, "The railroad is coming through, and they're going to upgrade the track surface just a little bit. They've got some minor repairs to do there. The signals are going to be relocated so they're more in compliance with federal regulations on their location. That's going to free up some of the sidewalk routes for the pedestrians coming through there so they won't have to walk around the signals."

The crossing will be closed starting Monday, October 9th. The $175,000 project is expected to take 14 days to complete.