Watertown - U.S. Highway 212 from U.S. Highway 81 to 19th Street



Phase Overview Map: 

Detour Maps: 

Project Summary: 

The project will span from US 81 east to just east of 19th St.

Full urban reconstruction project including Grading, Storm Sewer, Curb & Gutter, PCC Pavement, Sidewalk, Permanent Signing, Pavement Marking, Roadway Lighting, and Traffic Signals. Additionally, there are two tied utility projects: a new water main and a new sanitary sewer.  This project will widen the driving lanes by 1’ for safety.

Phase 1 from US 81 to 11th St the entire US212 will be closed to traffic and a detour will be provided.  Phase 2 is from 11th St to 19th St and this portion will be completed with two-way traffic.  

Project Timeline:

Estimated Completion Date: October 28, 2022.

Project Updates:

Completed Work:  The west half of the project from 6th St. to 11th St. has opened to thru traffic.  City utility work has been completed from 13th St. to 19th St. on the EBL side with storm sewer work progressing on this side.

Work to be completed in September: City utility work should complete from 13th St to 11th St.  Storm sewer work should continue to progress and be completed on the east half of the project on the south side with paving to follow behind on the eastbound lanes.  Switching traffic to the newly paved south side and beginning pavement removal on the north side of US 212 is anticipated. 

*For weekly updates, please click on the expandable lists with the month names below to learn more. 

September 2022

September 20, 2022

Phase 2:  City utility work on the south side of US 212 between 13th and 11th St has completed except for a few services which will happen as they proceed east.  Storm Sewer placement between 13th St and 11th St on the south side has begun with the tie in at 11th St.  South access at 12th St and 13th St will need to be alternated to accommodate this remaining underground work.  Mainline paving work will continue between 14th St and 11th St once storm sewer work and base placement is completed in the next few weeks.  The last concrete hand pour at 19th St. Intersection is expected today as well as the first pours at 14th St. Intersection.  As pavement at 14th St. Intersection is completed, crews will complete pavement at the 11th St Intersection.  The Service Road east of 19th St. was reopened yesterday on the newly poured concrete pavement.  Asphalt pavement tie in work at 19th St. and 17th St. will happen the next time the asphalt contractor is available.  It is still anticipated that work on the north side of US 212 will begin by September 26th.  Traffic will be routed in phases onto the paved crossover to the newly completed south lanes from just east of 14th St to 19th St.  Concrete pavement removal work on the north side of US 212 between 14th St and 19th St will begin as soon as traffic is rerouted.  Work on the north side of US 212 is expected to go much quicker with very little underground work that needs completing. The Contractor still estimates project completion to be November 15, 2022.



September 15, 2022

Phase 2:  City utility work on the south side of US 212 between 13th and 11th St has continued this week with the completion of Sanitary Sewer and with Watermain work set to finish this week.  Storm Sewer placement between 13th St and 11th St on the south side is set to start Monday next week.  Mainline paving work will continue between 14th St and 11th St once storm sewer work and base placement is completed.  Asphalt tie ins at parking lots were completed this week on the south side of US 212 between 14th St and 19th St.   The paving crews have completed all but a few concrete hand pours at 19th St. Intersection.  The Service Road east of 19th St. will remain closed until strength is gained on newly poured concrete.  The thru movement to the south at 19th St itself continues to remain open to traffic for access to the businesses on 19th St south of US 212.  Pending weather and concrete strength at 19th St., it is anticipated that work on the north side of US 212 will begin September 26th.  Traffic will be routed to the newly completed south lanes from east of 14th St to 19th St on September 26th.  The routing of traffic this way will allow for pavement removal work on the north side of US 212 to begin as concrete pavement placement finishes on the south side.  The Contractor still estimates project completion to be November 15, 2022.



September 8, 2022


Phase 2:  City utility work between 13th and 11th St has continued this week with Sanitary Sewer which is expected to finish early next week.  Watermain work between 13th St and 11th St will follow Sanitary Sewer and the last of the south side storm sewer will complete the underground work there.  The majority of south side sidewalk and driveways have been completed between 19th St and 14th St and are awaiting strength.  Asphalt tie ins at parking lots are anticipated next week.   The paving crews continue concrete hand pours at 19th St. and 17th St Intersections.  As the Contractor completes pavement at 19th St, it is anticipated that the Contractor will close the Service Road East of 19th St to facilitate concrete pavement.  The thru movement to the south at 19th St itself will remain open to traffic.  Work will continue into the north side of US 212 the last week of September.  The Contractor has submitted a revision to the project schedule for the anticipated overall completion of the work to now November 15, 2022.

AUGUST 2022

AUGUST 2022

August 30, 2022

Seeding of Phase 1 has been completed behind the sidewalk up to 10th St.   

Storm Sewer between 17th St to 13th St on the southside of US 212 in Phase 2 was finished late last week.  Grading / graveling work between 17th and 13th St has been completed behind storm sewer placement.  Final grade staking is being completed between 14th St and 13th St.  City utility work between 13th and 11th St has begun this week and will continue with Sanitary Sewer and Watermain placement asap.  A second section of concrete paving was completed on mainline EB Friday last week up to the east side of 14th St.  The paving crews have started concrete pours at 19th St. and will continue with curb and gutter there soon.  Work on approaches / sidewalk has begun west of 19th St. and will continue as strength of the mainline concrete is gained.

August 24, 2022

Phase 1 was opened to traffic last Thursday.  Seeding of disturbed areas is now underway behind the sidewalk. 

Phase 2 work continues on the south side of US 212 with Storm Sewer between 17th St to 13th St finishing today.  Grading / graveling work between 17th and 13th St is being completed directly behind storm sewer placement.  Utility work between 13th and 11th St will be next to begin.  Concrete paving was completed on mainline EB and is expected to continue up to 14th St either late this week or early next.  The paving crews will also drop back and complete concrete pours at both 19th St and 17th St.  After strength is attained on mainline paving, work on approaches / sidewalk will be completed.

August 17, 2022

Phase 1 between 8th St and 9th St was opened for business access on Tuesday this week.  Final sidewalk work is being completed today and cleanup of the roadway is already underway.  The remaining portions of Phase 1 between 9th St and 11th St is projected to be opened to thru traffic tomorrow.  Thru traffic will be tapered into the north lanes of US 212 and then continue on the north side of US 212 into Phase 2.  Following the opening of Phase 1 to thru traffic, local detours will be removed beginning Thursday and all associated detour signs or barricades will be removed.  The temporary 11th St detour south of US 212 will also be closed and taken out of use so Phase 2 city utility work can proceed thru the south side of the 11th St Intersection.

Phase 2 work continues on the south side of US 212 with Storm Sewer 17th St to 13th St as well as grading/graveling work between 17th and 13th St.  Utility work between 13th and 11th St will begin next week followed by the last of the storm sewer for the south side.  Final grade stakes were placed yesterday between 19th and 17th St and string line staking has already started for mainline paving.  Concrete paving is expected to begin between 19th St and 17th St next week.  

 

August 12, 2022

Construction has quickened in the last week.  The Concrete Contractor has been able to place all the mainline concrete within the closed Phase 1 section of the project with just sidewalk and tie in pavement yet to complete next week.  The projection is Phase 1 will be opened to thru traffic at the end of next week.  Phase 1 detours will be removed completely after opening the project west of 11th St.  There may be some minor work off the roadway in Phase 1 such as cleanup and remaining seeding work.  Unfortunately light poles for the project have yet to arrive due to production delays, so they will be installed when they get here which is projected to be in September at last report.  Full thru traffic will be allowed project wide following Phase 1 opening with traffic to run on the north side of US 212 between 11th St and 19th St.

With the opening of Phase 1, this will allow Phase 2 work to close the southside of 11th  St so underground utility work can proceed.  This underground work involves deep excavation to place new Sanitary Sewer on the tied City Utility Project along the south side of US 212.  This work should be brief if all goes well but more difficult with the depth and uncertain ground water levels.  Note the temporary detour at 11th St down to Jensen Ave (10th Ave S) will be removed after Phase 1 is opened.  This route was only a temporary connection to route traffic for construction of Phase 1.  Further note the private development of the area south of 11th St currently underway will establish the permanent 11th St following the completion of the US 212 reconstruction work.

Phase 2 work already under way will continue with storm sewer between 17th St and 13th St expected next week and grading / gravel work closely behind.  Concrete placement at 19th St intersection is also anticipated to begin next week and concrete paving between west of 19th St will be soon after.      

 

August 4, 2022
Slow progress is still being made on the closed section of Phase 1 from 9th St to 11th St.  Work continues on side street tie-ins and the remaining sidewalk.  The last 200’ section of mainline to tie US 212 into 11th St is scheduled to be placed Friday this week.  The center turn lane on this last section west of 11th St should be placed early next week followed by the adjacent Curb and gutter.  Once work on the closed section completes it will be opened to full traffic and detours will be removed.

The southside section of Phase 2 between 11th St and 19th St continues with utility work.  Utility work should wrap up next week east of 13th St pending required watermain testing results.  Storm sewer work will continue at the end of next week between 17th St and 13th St.  Grading and graveling work will continue between 19th St and 13th St closely following Storm Sewer placement.  Concrete pavement from 19th St to 13th St will begin asap.  The last of the utility work on the southside of US 212 will begin as soon as Phase 1 can open west of 11th St.

Looking forward, the northside section of Phase 2 is planned to begin in September.  

JULY 2022

JULY 2022

July 29, 2022

In Phase 1 – from 7th to 8th St sidewalk has been poured, asphalt ties have been paved, and we opened that block to traffic.  Next week we plan to pave centerline and driving lanes as close to 11th St as we can, Sidewalk from 8th to 9th st, and asphalt tie-ins between 8th and 9th st.  By late next week we should be opening the roadway to 9th st.  Concrete sidewalk and asphalt tie-n will continue for 10th and 11th st and will hopefully be opening those stretches the following week or two.  

Phase 2 on the south side of US 212 between 14th and 19th St the existing surfacing has all been removed.  Watermain has been installed from 19th St to 17th St.  Storm sewer has been mostly installed throughout the open area with only some cross pipe remaining.  Water main and storm sewer work will continue next week as well.


July 21, 2022

In the closed section from 7th St to 11th St., remaining pavement areas have been prepped for centerline and curb and gutter paving to within a few hundred feet west of 11th St.  Curb and Gutter and some sidewalk paving is expected Thursday / Friday this week, and remaining surfacing work will continue next week.  Sidewalk and pavement tie-ins have been prepped in many locations and will be placed as the crews have time between mainline pours.  Opening the roadway for business access up to 8th St will occur after the completion of the sidewalk work expected next week.  Opening thru 11th St will complete Phase 1 work and is expected in the coming weeks depending on paving strengths.  Detour routes will be removed after full traffic has been restored to US 212 west of 11th St.

Phase 2 on the south side of US 212 between 11th and 19th St continues with concrete removals and water main work is proceeding west of 19th St.  Storm Sewer work is expected to begin once the water main work is completed from 19th St to 17th St.  Underground crews will relocate to 11th St as soon as concrete pavement work is complete west of 11th St and thru traffic is allowed past 11th St.   Work on the southside of the roadway after storm sewer is placed will continue with grading and graveling followed by concrete pavement.



July 13, 2022
In the closed section from 7th St to 11th St., remaining pavement areas have been prepped for mainline paving to within a few hundred feet west of 11th St.  Mainline paving is expected Thursday / Friday this week, and remaining surfacing work will continue next week.  Sidewalk and pavement tie-ins have been prepped from 7th St to 8th St and will be placed as the crews have time between mainline pours.  Opening the roadway for business access up to 8th St will occur after the completion of the sidewalk work expected next week.  Opening thru 11th St will complete Phase 1 work and is expected in the coming weeks depending on paving strengths.  Detour routes will be removed after full traffic has been restored to US 212 west of 11th St.

 Phase 2 on the south side of US 212 between 11th and 19th St continues with concrete removals and watermain work is proceeding west of 19th St.  Storm Sewer work is expected to begin next week from 19th St to 17th St.  Underground crews will relocate to 11th St as soon as concrete pavement work is complete west of 11th St and thru traffic is allowed past 11th St.   Work on the southside of the roadway after storm sewer is placed will continue with grading and graveling followed by concrete pavement.

July 8, 2022
The weather has turned a bit this past week with about 3+ inches of rain in Watertown.  We did not have a lot opened up over the holiday weekend so we faired better than expected.  Slow progress is still being made in the closed section from 7th St to 11th St with grading/graveling completed up to a few hundred feet of 11th St and paving hubs placed yesterday.  A Watermain Bore is yet to be completed under 11th St and is planned for next week.  Concrete Paving is scheduled for the middle of next week up to nearly 11th St.  Just sidewalk and pavement tie-ins remain from 7th St to 8th St after which that block will be opened to business access.  The paving contractor has been tied up on other projects that should complete soon so they can be on-site more full-time.  The goal is still for paving work to complete in the next few weeks up to 11th St. so this closed section can be reopened to normal traffic and then Phase 1 Detours will be removed.

Phase 2 on the south side of US 212 between 11th and 19th St continued with concrete removals and the start of watermain work this week.  Removals will continue next week down to 11th St with watermain work close behind.  Once watermain is in place to about 14th St the crews will drop back to 19th St to complete storm sewer work past 17th St.  Underground work between 19th St and 17th St is expected to be complete in a few weeks when the underground crew will relocate back to 11th St to continue to the east.  Note 19th St and US 212 intersection was set to a four-way stop this week and this will continue through the remainder of the project.  This certainly has slowed traffic at times but has better allowed free left turns at this busy intersection.  With favorable weather, the plan remains for Phase 2 southside work in July / August and Phase 2 northside work in September / October.

JUNE 2022

JUNE 2022

June 30, 2022
Dry weather has helped US 212 continue to make progress.  In the closed section from 7th St to 11th St, the underground work has been completed and grading / graveling is expected to complete early next week up to 11th St.  Surfacing work will complete Friday from 7th St to 8th St with remaining sidewalk and pavement tie-ins expected to complete next week.  The next section of mainline paving is expected after the July 4th Holiday between 8th St and 10th St.  The goal is for paving work to complete in the next 3 weeks up to 11th St. so this closed section can be reopened to normal traffic and Phase 1 Detours be removed.

Phase 2 Traffic Control on the south side of US 212 between 11th and 19th St has been set up with sawing removals limits and some concrete removals beginning this week.  Removals will continue next week and underground work is expected to begin at 19th St. on Tuesday.  Concrete removals, watermain and storm sewer work is expected to take 3 weeks between 19th St and 17th St when the underground crew will relocate back to 11th St to continue to the east.  The vast majority of underground work along US 212 between 11th St. and 19th St is on the southside with much less located on the north side of US 212.  This may slow the south side work but should help the north side work when that is ready to begin early in September.

June 17, 2022: Work has continued with good progress this week.  The last block of the closed section was closed this week to 11th St.  Underground work has already begun in that block with watermain work completed except for a few services and storm sewer work is expected to be complete up to 11th St next week.  Mainline paving between 7th St and 8th St is expected today.  Half of the sidewalk and approaches as well as all Joint Sealing has been completed this week 6th St to 7th St.  Remaining items are anticipated next week so 6th St to 7th St can be reopened for business access.  With the underground work nearing completion in the closed section the project will be moving into Phase 2 as early as next week.  This will be the two way traffic section of the project with work beginning on the southside of US 212 between 11th St and 19th St as traffic is maintained on the northside of the highway.  Access to the detours would be maintained at 11th St until Phase 1 is completed.  The exact starting point for the Phase 2 southside work is being considered as 11th St needs to stay open.  Regardless of the starting point for the southside work, access will be maintained at side streets and driveways as much as practical.  Access points along the two way traffic route will need to be limited as the work progresses past driveways or side streets.


June 10, 2022: 
Work has been progressing quickly this week thanks to favorable weather and lowering groundwater levels.  Another block 9th to 10th St was closed this past Monday and underground work is nearing completion there already.  Grading and graveling should be completed today 7th St to the south junction of 8th St. and pavement placement there should start next week.  This section was closed just two weeks ago so the pace of construction has picked up significantly.  From 6th St to 7th St, the West End Transitions, Center Turn Lane, and 7th St Concrete Tie In have been completed earlier this week and Curb and Gutter should be placed today.  That will leave Sidewalk, Parking Lot Tie Ins, and some Joint Sealing and cleanup from 6th St to 7th St to happen next week before we can open that section for business access.  The exact timing depends on weather and progress today, but the last block of the closed section up to 11th St should begin next week.  Looking ahead, J&J Earthwork intends to begin the southside of Phase 2 (two-way traffic section) from 11th St to 19th about the last week in June in order to keep the underground crew going.  Phase 1 work in the closed section will still be completed as they begin Phase 2 work.  11th St itself will remain open to north, south, and east traffic to access both the thru and business detours.    

June 3, 2022 (Sent on June 3, 2022): As anticipated, J&J Earthworks has closed another block from 8th St to 9th St E early this week.  Pavement removals were completed in that block by Wednesday and Underground utility work is currently underway there.  Storm sewer work between 8th St and 9th St E is projected to continue next week.  Once storm sewer is well underway, another block to the east from 9th St to 10th St E will be closed.  This additional closure is anticipated later next week.

US 81 to 6th St E was reopened to business traffic Tuesday this week.  Business access from the west will continue as we complete blocks from west to east. 

Mainline concrete pavement has begun to be placed from 6th St E to 8th St E.  Timmons Construction has completed both the EB and WB lanes there.  Placing west end pavement transitions, center turn lane, and completing curb and gutter will begin early next week.  Sidewalk, approaches, and side street / parking lot tie-ins will follow.

The project will continue to work west to east in block increments through the road closure area.  Detour routes remain the same with the through route on 4th Ave S and south side business route on Jensen Ave.  Work is projected to proceed into the two way traffic section between 11th St E and 19th St E late June or early July depending on weather.   

MAY 2022

MAY 2022

Week of May 23, 2022: J&J Earthworks has completed all underground work between 6th St E and 8th St E.  Grading and Gravel placement between 6th St E and 8th St E should complete today or tomorrow depending on weather.  Still plan to complete concrete pavement handwork from US 81 to 6th St E yet this week.  Remaining work from US 81 to 6th St E including sidewalk, pavement sealing, and cleanup will be completed asap in hopes of opening this section to local business traffic sometime next week.  With recent rain including today, finishing work on other projects, and the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend both the additional pavement removal and mainline paving plans have been pushed back a bit.  Removal of pavement 8th St E to 10th St E is planned to start Tuesday after Memorial Day and the underground crew should return on Wednesday to start Watermain and Storm Sewer.  Mainline paving of 6th St E to 8th St E should be completed next week.  The project will continue to move from west to east in the coming weeks as blocks complete work.

Week of May 18, 2022: US 212 continues to be closed between 6th St E and 8th St E.  J&J Earthworks should finish watermain work between 7th St and 8th St E today and begin placing the remaining storm sewer connections between 7th St and 8th St E on the north side of US 212.  Concrete Curb and Gutter work is set to begin tomorrow west of 6th St.  Concrete Handwork including Pavement Panels west of 6th St E would be placed on Friday assuming the weather cooperates.  Finish Grading and Base Course placement between 6th St and 7th St E is planned for Thursday / Friday this week depending on rain.  Once mainline paving work begins between 6th St and 7th St E, then additional pavement removals will move east between 8th St and 9th St E.  This move 1 block to the east is projected to occur early to mid next week with good weather.

Week of May 9, 2022: Storm Sewer work is proceeding well from 6th St E to 8th St E.  Watermain work will begin from 7th St E to 8th St E late this week or beginning of next depending on rain tonight and/or tomorrow night.  Final backfill is expected today west of 6th St E with surfacing work to follow depending on the weather.  The goal is to complete all work including surfacing west of 6th St E as soon as possible to open that block to local traffic.  The full width surfacing work would then continue thru next week between 6th St E and 7th St E.  Once surfacing has begun the removals will continue moving to the east a block at a time.

Week of May 3, 2022: Gas Line lowering has been completed on the project between 6th St E and 7th St E.  Storm Sewer placement work has begun and will proceed from west to east between 6th St and 8th St E.  Watermain replacement work will begin starting at 7th St E and will continue all the way to 19th St. E.  J&J will pick up watermain work as they move to the east.  Concrete replacement on EB US 212 and impacted driveways west of 6th St E will begin as soon as underground work is completed. 

APRIL 2022

 APRIL 2022

Week of April 25, 2022: J&J closed US 212 to thru traffic on Monday and continues to complete pavement removals between 6th St E and 8th St E.  US 212 East of 8th St E remains open.  Detour routes have been placed separately for local, business, and truck traffic.  Work has already begun on utilities between 6th St E and 8th St. E.  Storm sewer pipe is being delivered now and placement will start when utility work allows.  Rain looks pretty likely this weekend, but hopefully, that impact can be worked around.

Note the 11th St E / US 212 Intersection has been converted to a 4way stop condition and has incorporated the newly paved Southside Business Detour at 11th St E to aid south side business traffic to get to/from Jensen Ave.  The portable signal setup at Jensen Ave / US 81 Intersection remains in place to control traffic volume entering and existing Jensen Ave.  We continue to adjust traffic controls as needed to accommodate the project.  All traffic is encouraged to follow detours as laid out and obey traffic controls in place.  WPD continues to enforce compliance related to all detour routes.

Week of April 18, 2022: The Contractor resumed detour prep work yesterday and will continue today.  Asphalt work is expected Wednesday afternoon and / or Thursday morning including patch work of the detour routes.  US 212 closure from US 81 to 8th Ave will occur after asphalt work is completed.  Surfacing removal is expected to continue into next week and under the roadway, utility work will get started asap after surfacing is removed.  Gas Line utility work off the roadway is expected to start as soon as today.  Detour setup and signing is continuing.

April 19, 2022: A temporary traffic signal has been added today at the intersection of Jensen Ave and US 81.  This signal will help with traffic flow throughout construction. Hwy 212 closure from Hwy 81 to 8th Ave. will occur after asphalt work is completed. Surfacing removal is expected to continue into next week.

Week of April 11, 2022: Prep work for the project including setting up signs and the detour route has begun. No exact closure date has been set at this point. 


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Project Press Releases:

September 23, 2022, The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractor, J & J Earthworks, Inc., will switch traffic to begin phase two (part B) on the U.S. Highway 212 construction project, between 14th Street East and 19th Street East on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Read Full Release Here

August 17, 2022: WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractor, J & J Earthworks, Inc., will open the remaining sections of phase one on U.S. Highway 212 to thru traffic west of 11th Street East on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. Local project detour signage will be removed after the reopening of this section of Highway 212 is complete. Read Full Release Here

June 24, 2022

April 04, 2022


Project Photos: 

September 9, 2022
  


August 17, 2022
(Prep for Mainline Paving, Prep for opening, Last of sidewalk)
   
 
August 10, 2022
(Center Turn Lane, Paved 10th street blockout)
 

August 5, 2022
    

July 14, 2022
       
   

July 8, 2022
 

June 30, 2022
(L to R: Storm Sewer Installation, Concrete Paving, Nearly Finished Product)
  

June 3, 2022
       


May 26, 2022
    


May 19 2022: 
  


April 2022:
   


 

Project Contract Amount:

$11.9 Million

 

Project Contacts: 

Contractor: J&J Earthworks, INC

SDDOT: Bryce Olson (605) 882-5166


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