Planning Begins for Rehabilitation of Highway 87
April 06, 2004
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Wind Cave National Park is initiating a planning process to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation of 7.2 miles of Highway 87 through the park and about 1.4 miles of road along the North and South Entrance Roads into the Visitor Center. The road improvement portion of the project would involve replacing the existing asphalt surface with a new asphalt overlay.
In addition, two historic bridges – the Beaver Creek arched concrete bridge and the Pig Tail Bridge – would receive repairs to deteriorated travel surfaces and areas of damage on the guardrails. The main objectives of the project are to enhance public health and safety and reduce the park’s cyclic maintenance burden.
During this early planning phase, the park is requesting public input regarding possible alternatives, issues or concerns related to the proposed alternatives, and any new alternatives that should be considered. Please send your comments to Wind Cave National Park Superintendent, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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