Travelers headed to the Black Hills this summer may want to plan a little extra time as they travel between Lusk and Mule Creek Junction.
Construction continues throughout the summer on approximately 40 miles of U.S. Highway 85 between the two areas as crews from Border States Paving and Foothills Construction build new passing lanes at various locations. During the construction, there may be traffic delays and possible lane closures. Pilot cars will escort traffic through the longer stretches of construction. Lane closures are necessary as crews add fill for the new passing lanes. Delays average about five minutes.
The passing lanes are expected to be completed by this fall, however paving of the new lanes may be delayed until June 2010. The project cost is approximately $14.5 million.
As with all construction areas, drivers are urged to drive appropriately and slow down through work zones.
For more information or to obtain a copy of this press release, contact Jeff Goetz, District 2 public involvement specialist, at (307) 473-3303.