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Early Sunday morning, the clocks turned forward. Early Monday morning, the cones came back.

On Monday, work on the finishing details of the last phase of the Mount Rushmore Road reconstruction began between Clark and St. Cloud streets. The work, which is being completed by Complete Contracting, Inc., will include asphalt removal, subgrade preparation, curb and gutter installation and the construction of a concrete median. Landscaping, pavement striping and the installation of hand rails along sidewalks is also planned, with completion pegged for May.

As a result of the road work, the left lanes between Clark and St. Cloud streets will be closed as a median is constructed between Fairview and St. James streets.

The final phase, which began last March, is estimated to cost about $9 million, with $7.5 million coming from the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the remaining $1.5 million coming from the city. Overall, the reconstruction project, which started in 2015, has a bill of about $30 million for all three phases of the road rebuild.

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Anyone with questions or concerns about the project can contact Debby Heisinger of Ferber Engineering Company, Inc. at 343-3311 or

Contact Samuel Blackstone at and follow him on Twitter or Facebook @SDBlackstone.

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City Reporter

City reporter for the Rapid City Journal.