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DOT meeting for highway changes in Gettysburg scheduled for May 1

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Thursday, May 1 residents will have the chance to learn more about a highway improvement project planned for Gettysburg.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold an informational meeting for the public on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the American Legion Community Building. The purpose is to discuss and give input on the project, which is planned for US 212 from west of the SDDOT maintenance shop to east of Nebraska Street, and will include urban grading, PCC surfacing, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, and roadway lighting.
The proposal will also change the highway through town from a four lane to a three lane road with the purpose to provide more efficient access to streets, with only two driving lanes and a center turn lane.
The change would make the road capable of safely handling up to 20,000 plus vehicles a day. The road currently averages just over 2,000 vehicles per day.
The SDDOT indicated that a three lane highway would provide a safer road.
The estimated cost of the project is $7.33 million, with the preliminary design being completed during the fall of 2014 and construction to begin in the spring of 2018.
Residents have expressed concern that a three lane highway would create passing congestion and safety issues, and seems like a step backward.
Design staff from the SDDOT will be available for one-on-one discussion during the informal open house, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Written comments may also be presented to the SDDOT at that time.
The public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the American Legion Community Building in Gettysburg.
Comments, questions, and concerns may be submitted to the DOT by Friday, Nov. 1. Contact Sonia Downs, SDDOT, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or email Sonia.Downs@state.sd.us.
-Molly McRoberts

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