Highway 212 construction in Watertown resumes next week

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Reede Construction of Aberdeen will start the remaining work on Highway 212 between Highway 20 and Highway 81 in Watertown on Wednesday, April 8.

Remaining work will be completed half at a time under two-way traffic. Full closure of the highway to complete remaining work is not anticipated.

Crews will start on the north side of the highway to complete pavement sealing operations on April 8. The week of April 13, half of the temporary pavement at the Big Sioux River Bridge will be removed to make way for the new approach panels and underdrain system at each end of the structure.

Remaining sidewalk work and permanent pavement marking will also be completed in the coming weeks. The majority of the remaining work is planned for April and May with all work anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2020, depending on the weather.

The $10.3 million project has reconstructed one mile of Highway 212 from Highway 20 to Highway 81 and included utility work, grading, storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalk, structure, concrete paving, lighting, and signal upgrades.

The overall completion date for the project was set for Oct. 25, 2019. Significant weather delays and the high river levels on the Big Sioux River throughout 2019 have delayed completion of the project.