KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

DOT Seeks Public Help For Pierre Bridge

Bookmark and Share

For the residents of Pierre and Fort Pierre, it’s a life line.


The two communities are separated by the country's longest river and connected only by one bridge and that causeway is aging.


The bridge has seen 10 different governors cross it, the first being Archie M. Gubbrud in 1962.


“Today we're at 50 years, now, with this existing bridge. It's showing its age,” said Kevin Goeden, the chief bridge engineer of the South Dakota Department of Transportation.


The Highway 14 causeway is safe for any load to traverse.


“We did a major rehabilitation in 2008 and 2009 about a $4.8 million project to remedy some of the concrete and repair some of the concrete,” said Goeden.


Those repairs added life to the aging bridge. But, state officials are looking for a permanent fix and that means replacing the Pierre-Ft. Pierre connector.


So, Department of Transportation officials began a study looking everything from traffic to the environment and now they want the public to weigh in. 


“We will be going through various concept options for the potential new bridge, trying to gage a feel for the general public.  We want to know what their opinions are of those options,” said Steve Gramm, a data analysis engineer for the SDDOT.


The Missouri River Bridge has reached life expectancy and its replacement, whatever it looks like, should stand for 100 years. And state officials want to keep the public in the loop before choosing a design.  


“What do we want the next generation to think of our generation when the look at that bridge in 2100,” asked Gramm.


The sun hasn't set on the current bridge. Still in the early stages of planning, officials don't expect to see a new Missouri River Bridge open for traffic until 2025.


The South Dakota Department of transportation will hold a public meeting looking for input on Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video

The number of stomachs one South Dakota food assistance program has been ...

Obama Authorizes Federal Disaster Aid For SD

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ...

1st Revenue Estimate Puts SD State Budget In Black

Two agencies say state government is expected to end the new fiscal year in the black. ...

SF Road Construction Season In Full Swing  story with video  Jul. 28

Grain Elevators Looking For More Trains  story with video  Jul. 28

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures  Jul. 28

Man Reported Fake Robbery At SD Verizon Store  Jul. 28

SBA Disaster Centers Closing In 3 SD Cities  Jul. 28

Education Students In SD Get State Scholarship  Jul. 28

No More Handshakes  story with video  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

Grain Storage Space A Problem In Parts Of SD  Jul. 28

SD Statehood Project Uses Soil From Each County  Jul. 28

Tornado-Stricken Nebraska Town Gets Some Iowa Help  Jul. 28

Officials Urge Crackdown On Tax Evaders At Rally  Jul. 28

Tribal Group Asking For Hearing On Water Rights  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures

Sioux Falls Police have released surveillance pictures ...

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident

A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New ...

No More Handshakes  story with video

(NBC News) Our society dictates that when meeting someone new the polite ...

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive

Madison and Tabor advance to "B" Championship  story with video

Tabor won a thriller over Groton 6-5 to advance to Tuesday's State "B" Legion ...

Hejna jumps into college football at SDSU  story with video

Considering his first name it's appropriate that Yankton's J. J. ...

Vikings Sign Rudolph To Extension  story with video

Mankato, MN (July 27, 2014) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced ...

Birds Blow Chance For Sweep  story with video  Jul. 27

Madison Rolls Past Groton At Legion State B  story with video  Jul. 27

Champions Crowned At Asfora/Clayton Tournament  story with video  Jul. 27

Veteran Greenway Leader On Vikings Defense  story with video  Jul. 27

Canaries Make It Two In A Row Against X's  story with video  Jul. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top