- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A group that represents businesses and landowners wants Rapid City to spend $1 million more on a project to upgrade the road considered the gateway to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The city already has approved spending about $5 million to spruce up Mount Rushmore Road as part of a joint city-state road reconstruction project that will cost more than $24 million by the time it’s complete in 2018.

The Mount Rushmore Road Group is now asking the City Council to spend an extra $1 million to beautify the rebuilt road with elaborate plantings and sections of colored concrete. The city’s Public Works Committee will discuss the proposal next month, the Rapid City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1Ktm2z7 ).

Construction began last October on the project that’s been in the works for about a decade. Work will include widening the four-lane road with a landscaped median, and adding turning lanes and new curbs and sidewalks.

Beautification work is to include burying power lines, removing power poles, installing decorative street lighting and landscaped medians, and planting grass and trees between the curb and sidewalks along a mile stretch of the road.

The Mount Rushmore Road Group wants that plan scrapped in favor of a more ambitious effort that would include colored concrete, landscaping and water gardens, said group President Debra Jensen.

Council members on Monday night expressed concerns about what continued maintenance of the amenities might cost, whether the city’s budget for beautification work actually allows for the extra money, and if changing the current plan would delay the state from getting the overall project completed on time.

“We need to sit down and get the actual costs we have to date and what’s actually left and decide where we can go,” Alderman Jerry Wright said.

About 24,000 vehicles use Mount Rushmore Road each day.


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

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