Yellowstone Street

The condition of Yellowstone Street adjacent to Dakota Prairie Bank in Fort Pierre on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Fort Pierre City Council is planning to resurface the street in 2019. (Arpan Lobo/ Capital Journal)

The Fort Pierre City Council voted to approve submissions for request for proposals (RFPs) for the resurfacing of Yellowstone Street in Fort Pierre.

The subject was brought up during a council meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. Rick Hahn, Fort Pierre director of public works, included in a memorandum to prospective contractors that all RFPs should include:

* Experience with similar projects to the Yellowstone Street resurfacing

* A cost estimate for the entire project

* A schedule for the project’s completion

* Quality control testing rates

The proposals are due to Fort Pierre by Friday, Nov. 23. Proposals will be judged on factors such as prior experience, the desired timeline and estimated cost.

The project will include inspecting Yellowstone Street in its current form, remilling and salvaging the current surface, installing a minimum of eight inches of concrete for the surface, including driveway aprons and sidewalks. Hahn said that the designed traffic load is 3,000 vehicles and 150 trucks each day. He added that the resurfacing will take place from the Hwy. 14 interchange down to Stanley Road.

One notable aspect of the project, the switch from an asphalt surface to a concrete one. While concrete is slightly more expensive than asphalt, it also tends to stay in better condition longer. This can be attributed to asphalt being softer in consistency.

The project should be ready to bid ‘on or before’ Jan. 15, 2019, with construction taking place next spring. The goal for the project’s completion is July 15, 2019.

Hahn also updated the status of public concern over the intersection at Missouri Ave. and Cottonwood Lane. Hahn said that while it is too late to resurface the gravel road with asphalt, the public works committee will attempt to put temporary repairs in place before revisiting the intersection in the spring. Hahn also said that gravel surfaces are more high maintenance than asphalt or concrete, and that could factor into the city’s decision for the future of the intersection.

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