Railroad crossing upgrade construction leads to detours

Construction on a railroad crossing on West Boulevard began Oct. 2.
It's the first of three upgrade projects expected to take place this month

The process will entail resurfacing and regrading near the crossings, while also adjusting pads, drainage, and traffic signals. Drivers will not be able to cross West Blvd. for 30 days and the city says it's all in an effort to help preserve vehicles

Darrell Shoemaker, Communications Director for Rapid City, says "We're asking drivers to use caution in assigned areas, but obviously this has been an issue among the public. This is a joint effort between the South Dakota Dept. of Transportation, the railroad company, and the city. We're excited about getting these tracks worked on and again getting Lacrosse St in before winter sets in."

Traffic will be detoured to Mt.Rushmore Road for the West Blvd. crossing.

For the second project at 6th Street, there will be a detour at 5th and Omaha Streets for two weeks and will begin on Thursday, Oct. 5. The detour is set starting Monday, Oct. 9.

Later this month, the city will continue its work on the third project at the Lacrosse St crossing.