- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Work is close to wrapping up on a $1.3 million highway bypass at Sturgis, months ahead of schedule.

The gravel surface Fort Meade Way was scheduled to be ready by July. KOTA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1SPyEoB ) that only a few weeks of work remain.

The bypass connects Interstate 90 with state Highway 34 east of Sturgis. Officials say the goal is to spur growth in the area and ease traffic congestion during the annual motorcycle rally that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the area.

The road project met with some opposition because of concerns about its effect on Sturgis businesses, and about possible encroachment on homes and ranches along the route.

A judge late last year declined a plea by opponents to mandate a public vote on the project.

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Information from: KOTA-TV, https://www.kotatv.com


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