October 24, 2019

Mike Tanner

KWAT Radio News


WATERTOWN, S.D.—For the first time since the Highway 212 road construction project  began in Watertown early this summer,  Bryce Olson is conceding that a continuous stretch of bad weather will push some of the work into 2020—and potentially a major piece of work.


Olson is the project manager for the South Dakota Department of Transportation. He says high water levels on the Big Sioux River have prevented construction crews from pouring a new bridge deck.


The goal now is to get that done around Thanksgiving….



Olson says in a worst-case scenario, a new bridge deck won’t get poured until next year, meaning a detour route would be in place through the winter….



Olson was asked how high river levels are preventing contractors from building a new bridge over the water…..



Concrete paving on either side of the bridge is close to being finished. Total cost of the work between Highways 81 and 20 is $9 million.


Hear Mike Tanner’s full conversation with Bryce Olson by clicking below: