- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The ongoing resurfacing project of a stretch of Highway 44 in western South Dakota is testing drivers’ patience.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/T1r3eC ) reports the $5.2 million project kicked off earlier this month and is expected to be completed by Oct. 1. But with Highway 44 being the most direct route from Rapid City into the Black Hills, the project is already slowing traffic and causing delays.

The newspaper reports that “stop” and “slow” signs have being set up to warn motorists about changes in traffic patterns on the road.

Officials say they are trying to limit drivers’ delays to 10 minutes.

Aside from the new asphalt, the project is also expected to add safety features to the east-west road from Rapid City to the junction with U.S. 385.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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