Official: Yankton Street Projects Progressing

Despite the wet spring, the reconstruction work on 21st St. in Yankton is progressing. The project enters an important phase this week when it begins work at 21st and Douglas, which will close that intersection for a month.

Yankton’s slate of city road infrastructure projects are continuing along at a brisk pace, with some even finished already in spite of an excessively wet start to the construction season.

Yankton Civil Engineer Brad Moser told the Press & Dakotan that the only major ongoing city street project in Yankton is the reconstruction of 21st St. from Broadway Ave. to Douglas Ave.

“What we’re doing there is a complete rebuild,” Moser said. “We’ve replaced some water main there, added some storm sewer there and a little bit of sanitary sewer.”

He said the majority of underground work, except between Douglas Ave and Walnut St., is complete and crews are working on the base for future paving.

One of the biggest — and arguably, most disruptive part of — the project is coming up.

“In the next month, what (people) will see is the Douglas intersection closed,” Moser said. “That’s going to be one of the biggest undertakings of the project. That’s got some sanitary sewer manholes that need to be replaced, quite a bit of storm sewer that needs to go in that and, of course, we’ve got to tie in the new water main at that location. There’s a lot of underground work that needs to happen in that intersection, and that’s why we’ve been holding off until now.”

He said the closure would likely happen this week but didn’t have an exact day. The intersection is expected to be closed for just over a month.

While the wet weather the Yankton area saw this spring tended to hold up major projects, Moser said it hasn’t been a huge issue on 21st St. — but the project hasn’t been totally devoid of snags.

 “Some of the issues that we’ve had on 21st St. is conflicts with the utilities,” he said. “There’s so many utilities running down that corridor that it’s kind of an unknown until you start digging into it a little bit.”

He said that these issues have largely been resolved.

“We’ve had to make some adjustments,” he said. “The utilities have been really good. They’ve been on site and relocated some of their lines too. It’s the same issue on every project. We’ve just got to work closely with the utilities.”

Moser said the project is largely on time and is scheduled to wrap up in mid-August.

One project that has already wrapped up is the reconstruction of 26th St. between Douglas Ave. and Mulberry St.

“That project went well,” Moser said. “The contractor was able to get in there and get going right away when the weather allowed. They had some rain on it, but it didn’t affect the project too much because they were in a position where they had base down. The residents along there were still able to access their driveways for the majority of the project, even with the moisture, so they were in a good position when the rains hit, and (they) finished ahead of schedule. It’s already been closed out.”

This project only included reconstruction of the road with no utility work.

A third road reconstruction project had been planned for Riverside Dr. between Broadway Ave. and Green St. However, city officials elected to push the project back another year due to concerns about flooding-related costs.

Elsewhere in the city, Moser said crews are nearly ready to begin repairing some damage along West City Limits Road caused by the heavy flooding rains in March.

“The street department is going to take care of the backfill along the edges of the pavement out there,” he said. “They’ve been busy doing some asphalt repairs that we think were related to the moisture. Ninth St. east of Pearl was one location where they had to go do some patching; 12th St. by Crane Youngworth between Douglas and Pine. That was a road that needed to have some asphalt work done on it; and then out there at 30th St. east of West City Limits Road. That, too, had to have some patching done.”

The city is also set to see updates of two railroad crossings — one on West City Limits Road and the other on 15th St.

Moser said the timeline for these projects rests with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

“We’re at the mercy of the railroad, of course, on that,” he said. “It sounded like it was going to be towards the end of July (when) we’ll see some crews there. They’ll keep us informed when they’re able to make it here. The street department will be working with those guys to do the paving once the rail work is done.”

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