Development group, city plan new road near proposed industrial park
April 01. 2014 1:57PM
Business leaders and city officials in Dell Rapids are planning a new road near a proposed development park.
The Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation (DREDC) and administration at City Hall are in the early planning stages for an east-west road running through a nine-acre parcel of ground south of Centennial Place between Garfield Avenue and Highway 115. The proposed location is property of DREDC.
City administrator Justin Weiland said the planned development park in southeast Dell Rapids and the upcoming reconstruction a six-mile stretch of Highway 115 in 2016 and 2017 are behind the push for the new road, which would be north of Old 77 Bar and Grill.
Weiland said detoured traffic during the project would be rerouted onto Centennial Place without the construction of the proposed road.
“We’re going to have to do a detour and the thought is that Centennial (Place) wouldn’t be able to handle it,” he said. “It’s literally a tiny lift of asphalt on top of the rock with muck in between it. The road will just fall to shreds if you start throwing a lot of big trucks down it.”
Additional access to the planned development park could add to Dell Rapids’ appeal to businesses looking at site locations, Weiland said.
Weiland said funding for the road will ultimately fall on the development corporation, but the City Council could help the non-profit group acquire the necessary dollars for the project.
DREDC could build the road to city standards, or the city could build the road and make special assessments on the abutting property owners – DREDC – to recoup construction costs, although those numbers aren’t yet known.
“The cost would be split between the north and south side of the property,” Weiland said.
If the city covers the construction, more funding sources are available to aid the project, like grants, water and sewer funding and tax increment financing if a suitable business wanted to build on property abutting the proposed road, Weiland said.
“It’s anticipated that we would receive some compensation from DOT for detour purposes,” he said.
Travis Dressen, engineer with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, said the state is aware of the proposed road in Dell Rapids but hasn’t received any formal request to add an access point along Highway 115.
State highway standards limit the number of access points – driveways, cross streets and field approaches – within a certain distance.
“We’d be asking for a new access,” Weiland said, cautioning that multiple access points along that stretch of Highway 115 already exist. The plan for the new road relies on SDDOT granting a waiver for the added access point.