Highway 81 still under construction

ARLINGTON, S.D. (KWAT) — A highway construction season in South Dakota typically shuts down in mid-October due to weather, but this season was anything but typical.


Wet weather delayed many projects around the state, pushing them into next year before they’ll be finished.

But one project continues to be worked on. It’s a several mile stretch of U.S. Highway 81 south of Arlington that was closed all summer due to water over the highway.

DOT Project Engineer Jordan Nelson gives us an update.

Normally, a highway construction project might include a few hundred feet of guardrail that needs to be installed, but not this one.

Nelson says due to safety concerns, they won’t re-open the highway until the guardrail is up.

 

The highway might not get reopened until 2020.