Chip and Seal Project to Begin in Wind Cave National Park
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - A chip and seal project on U.S. Highway 385 and South Dakota Highway 87 in Wind Cave National Park is scheduled to begin in early June. Work will start on Highway 87 Tuesday, June 8, and on Highway 385 Monday, June 14.
Crews will be working from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Traffic through construction zones will be maintained with flaggers and pilot cars. Motorists can expect 10 to 20 minute delays while work is in progress, and speed limits will be reduced in construction zones. Visitors are encouraged to use caution and be alert for heavy equipment and personnel.
“Chip and seal projects involve applying a layer of emulsified asphalt and a layer of chips, or aggregate, on the highway. Rollers are then used to compact it in place, sealing cracks and providing a new wearing surface for drivers,” said Steve Schrempp, Facility Manager for Wind Cave National Park. “Regularly done, chip and seal projects can prolong the life of pavement for many years. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be finish by June 18.”
Funding for the project comes from the National Park Service Cyclic Maintenance program. National Park Service staff from Badlands National Park will join local park maintenance staff in completing the project.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.