161st AvenuePennington County plans to reconstruct a small portion of 161st Avenue at the Meade County Line in conjunction with a Meade County project to straighten a curve in 2020. Map of project area
ADA Sidewalk Ramps in Rapid Valley & New UnderwoodPennington County plans to complete installation and/or the upgrading of existing sidewalk ramps in the Rapid Valley area to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in 2018. Rapid Valley is a compact, urbanized area with access to two schools, seven churches and numerous retail spaces within the SD Highway 44 corridor. Upgrading and installing ramps to ADA standards will provide mobility for many residents of Rapid Valley. One intersection will also be done in the New Underwood Area in 2018.
Bridge Replacements and RehabilitationsReplacement of one bridge on Bradsky Road, one bridge on Sharpe Road and one bridge on South Rochford Road are proposed for 2018. Maps of bridge locations
Rehabilitation of three bridges on Dark Canyon Road are proposed for 2018. Map of bridge locations
Deadwood Avenue, NorthRapid City and Pennington County will participate in a joint project to reconstruct Deadwood Avenue from I-90 to the Meade County Line. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Map of project area
Pennington County is working with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and Meade County for the design and construction of a safety improvement to a dangerous curve located at the County Line. The proposed alignment would remove two curves with a short tangent between them. Construction is proposed to be completed in 2019. Map of curve location
Radar Hill Road and Highway 1416 IntersectionPennington County is working with the SDDOT on the reconstruction of the intersection of Radar Hill Road and Highway 1416. The proposed design will include street lights. KLJ Engineering is currently designing the project with construction proposed to be done in 2020.
Rochford Road, South
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and Pennington County has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on proposed roadway improvements to South Rochford Road. The EA is available for public review, however the public comment period has expired. We encourage you to review the document. South Rochford Road EA
The proposed project would involve transportation improvements for approximately ten (10) miles of South Rochford Road, between the Town of Rochford and its intersection with Deerfield Road. The proposed project is considered necessary to improve year-round access to the Town of Rochford from the Deerfield Lake area. The existing roadway is difficult to maintain with gravel surfaces, steep grades, and drainage issues.
A public information meeting regarding the EA was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Public Information Meeting Announcement
A special public meeting regarding the future of the South Rochford Road project was held on June 7, 2017. Special Public Meeting Notice
On June 20, 2017 the Pennington County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the project and authorized a work order for Interstate Engineering to begin design work.
Sheridan Lake Road
The reconstruction of Sheridan Lake Road from Albertta Drive to State Highway 385 is under design by Ferber Engineering. Preliminary plans have been completed. The South Dakota Department of Transportation is handling the environmental and historical study for the project. A public meeting was held on December 9, 2013. We anticipate right-of-way acquisitions to begin in 2018 with construction beginning in 2019. Map of project area
The Pennington County Board of Commissioners has awarded the following projects for 2017:
- ADA 2017 Ramp Upgrades, Rapid Valley area. Map of the project area
- Chip seal 25 miles of various County roads; estimated cost $496,256.00. Maps of the project area
- Crack seal 48 miles of various County roads; estimated cost $114,280.00. Maps of the project area
- Crush and produce 30,000 tons of gravel for a maintenance stockpile at Copper Mountain Pit; estimated cost $136,640.00.
- Crush and produce 40,000 tons of gravel for a maintenance stockpile at Howie Pit; estimated cost $115,600.