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SDDOT in Search of Borrow Material Providers for S.D. Highway 15 Project from Clear Lake North to U.S. Highway 212

SDDOT in Search of Borrow Material Providers for S.D. Highway 15 Project from Clear Lake North to U.S. Highway 212

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 13, 2024

Contact:  Jeff Steen, Region Materials Engineer, 605-626-7883

CLEAR LAKE, S.D. - In 2027, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) plans to administer a construction project on S.D. Highway 15 from Clear Lake north to U.S. Highway 212. The project is designed to enhance the safety and function of the roadway through grading, shoulder widening, replacing culverts, adding turn lanes, and improving sight distances.

The proposed improvements to the roadway will require a large quantity of fill material. The fill material, known as borrow, is located beneath the topsoil. Borrow material is removed from the landowner’s property by lowering an existing hill/ridge or creating a dugout/hole.The SDDOT cannot alter drainage or wetlands through the borrow process. The SDDOT is reaching out to area landowners to generate interest as a borrow provider. The SDDOT will consider and evaluate all prospective sites within two miles or less from the construction project. Prior to construction, the landowner reviews and approves the design for the borrow site. 

Through a signed borrow agreement with the SDDOT, landowners are compensated for the volume of borrow material removed, the amount of acreage disturbed (crop damage and/or loss of use), and revegetation (if applicable). Upon completion of the borrow material removal, the site is given its final shape and the topsoil is redistributed over the disturbed area. Final acceptance of the borrow site requires landowner approval and signature for release.

If you are interested in discussing the borrow material process and associated compensation opportunities, please contact Jeff Steen, Region Materials Engineer, at 605-626-7883 or via email Jeff.Steen@state.sd.us

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