Olivet - U.S. Highway 18 from the James River to U.S. Highway 81
The purpose of this project is to widen the shoulders of US18 from Olivet east to US81 with an exception through Menno, as well as replace multiple drainage structures. The existing roadway is 26 feet wide consisting of 12-foot driving lanes and 1-foot shoulders. The goal of this project to is to widen the roadway to 36’ by maintaining 12-foot lanes and extending the shoulders to 6-foot. Mainline surfacing will not be done with this project but is scheduled to begin in 2023 under a different contract.
This project will be completed in three sections:
Section 1 - 437th Avenue to Highway 81: This section will be completed first and is 1.2 miles in length. Work includes full roadway grading, culvert replacements, and removal and reconstruction of a Cast-in-Place Box Culvert. A detour will be used during the completion of this section for a maximum of 40 working days. Road closure began April 4th and is expected to remain closed for approximately 2 months.
Section 2 – From the James River to 428th Avenue: This section will be completed last and is 1.3 miles in length. Work includes full roadway grading and culvert replacements. A detour will be used during the completion of this section for a maximum of 20 working days. The road closure is anticipated to begin in September and is expected to remain closed for approximately 1 month.
Section 3 - From 428th Avenue to 437th Avenue: This section will be completed throughout much of the summer and is 9.8 miles in length. Work includes shoulder widening and culvert replacements. Flaggers and Pilot Car will be used to maintain traffic during its construction. Work is expected to last from June throughout the rest of the summer and fall.
Project Start Date: April 4, 2022
Work will be performed thru late November 2022 with an overall completion date of November 18th, 2022.
The roadway will be open to thru traffic during the Winter of 2022/23.
Project Press Releases:
March 29, 2022
The Contractor has started the regrading and shoulder widening work in the phase from Menno to 81 and the construction of the one new box culvert just west of Hwy 81.
Box culvert construction has begun.
Grading work being completed in the east full regrade section.
Shoulder widening operations are ongoing also!
Project Contract Amount:
Foothills Contracting, Inc.
PO Box 558
Webster, SD 57274
Greg Rothschadl, Kevin Heiman, Nathan Schulte 605-661-2424
SDDOT – Yankton Area Office
1306 West 31st Street
Yankton, SD 57078
2022 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PAGE