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After Friday, it should be smooth driving on 32

Posted: Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

Crews from McLaughlin & Schultz, Inc. from Marshall, MN work to pave the westbound lane of Highway 32 heading out of town as cars drive down the eastbound lane which has already been fully paved. The road should be fully opened without construction by this Friday barring any weather delays.

The reconstruction project of South Dakota Highway 32 that began the last week in August is coming to a close this week as crews work on paving and striping the roadway after completely deconstructing the existing roadway over the past month.

The $3.3 million project was essentially forced into place this winter when driving conditions got so bad that they were forced to drop the speed limit from 65 miles per hour (MPH) to just 45 MPH.

Crews from McLaughlin & Schultz, Inc. of Marshall, Minnesota have milled the old asphalt surfacing as well as the gravel underneath and then reworked it and re-compacted it back to form to keep moisture out of the road and prevent it from cracking and creating the bumps that drivers were used to feeling when they drove on it this winter.

The highway was last worked on in 1997, 16 years ago, which is about half as long as the Department of Transportation believes that most asphalt highways should last. Their belief is that the new road will solve the issues that arose in the past few years and that Highway 32 should provide great driving conditions for many years to come.

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