- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - One of Mitchell’s main thoroughfares is getting a big upgrade.

The city and the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a three-year, $15.7 million project to improve Burr Street in April, The Mitchell Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2m7RCS9 ) reported.

According to Jay Peppel, area engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, the need for the project came after concerns arose about deteriorating pavement and safety at the intersection of Norway Avenue and Burr Street.

The project will include a new concrete surface, roadway lighting, signals and additional sidewalks.

Peppel said one of the most notable changes will be the elimination of the grass ditches between the southbound and northbound lanes in favor of a raised median. The new median will allow the lanes to be moved closer together the flowing of traffic from intersecting highways.

“It’ll look more of an urban setting versus a - I would call it - more of a rural urban setting,” Peppel said.

The work will begin with the closure of all northbound lanes on Burr from Havens.

In late March, business owners and residents will have the opportunity to review the contractor’s schedule, receive information about the project and ask questions about any possible concerns.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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