Road construction along Highway 12 in Milbank is going smoothly and is back on track according to Jason Kettwig, city administrator. The Second Street intersection is close to being ready to open. “They are pouring concrete in the intersections and sidewalks this week,” explained Kettwig. “Phase one from Second Street, through Main Street, to Third Street should be open by August 12.”
In the Fourth Street project, the utilities are currently being dug in and will be in place by the end of the week. Services to each residence will be hooked up the following week and then gravel will be filled in. “Within two weeks that road should be open, but will be gravel for now,” noted Kettwig. Fourth Street will occasionally be closed as the final road work is completed, but for the most part should be open within two weeks.
Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke expressed his gratitude for the accommodations that have been made with the construction project and keeping Highway 12 open for the fire trucks to get out in emergencies. “It has gone really well and they have been very accommodating for us,” he said. The two phases of the project this summer were split up to allow for the fire department to continue to use its trucks and operate as normal. Schuelke noted that the department has weekly meetings where they discuss the different travel routes to take when going out on calls and emergencies.