Intersection closes at 8th St. S., Main Ave. S.

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BROOKINGS – The city closed the intersection of Eighth Street South and Main Avenue South entirely starting Wednesday to accommodate the construction at the intersection. Motorists are asked to follow the detour route to navigate around the construction zone.

All businesses in the construction zone are open.

For more information, reach out to the city engineer’s office at 605-697-6629 or to the project engineer Andrew Kangas at CDI at 605-696-3200.

City Engineer Charlie Richter offered an update on the project at Tuesday’s Brookings City Council meeting.

Richter said concerns with the project shared at a public meeting last week included congestion at Seventh Avenue South and Fifth Street South and at Seventh Avenue South and 12th Street South. Four-way stops have since been placed at those intersections on the detour route.

Others voiced concerns about trees overhanging Seventh Avenue South; parking along Seventh Avenue South; cars cutting through business parking lots; signage indicating businesses are open; the duration of the project; and delays at traffic lights.

The city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department plans to trim trees along Seventh Avenue South, and the city has worked with Bobcat of Brookings and The Pheasant Restaurant and Lounge to address cars cutting through parking lots. More signage will also be installed to indicate business accessibility.

Richter also said shutting down the entire Eighth Street South and Main Avenue South intersection will allow contractors to shave about two weeks off their work, and other time-saving measures are being explored.

The city will adjust traffic light timing along the detour route to reduce congestion, and removing parking on Seventh Avenue South is also under consideration.

“Engineering feels that these measures help address the concerns that were brought to our attention with this project. We know that this project is quite disruptive to the businesses in this part of the city, so we encourage anyone with additional concerns to reach out to us. We’ll do what we can to address them, and thanks for everyone’s patience with this project,” Richter said.

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