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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Road Construction Begins

Road construction along U. S. Highway 385 in Wind Cave National Park.
Road construction along U. S. Highway 385 in Wind Cave National Park.
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Date
September 09, 2002

Contact
Tom Farrell, 605/745-1130

A project to improve safety and maintain the roadbed is scheduled to begin September 3 on the six miles of US Highway 385 running through Wind Cave National Park. Hills Material Company out of Rapid City received the $1.2 million contract to cold mill and overlay road surfaces to remove surface irregularities and improve the structural integrity of the highway. Existing guardrails will also be improved to meet new highway safety standards.

The project is expected to be completed by October 18. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to dark, everyday except Sunday. Traffic through construction zones will be maintained with flaggers and pilot cars, and motorist can expect short delays while work is in progress. Funding for the project comes from the Federal Highway Administration, Public Lands Highway program.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

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.