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Road projects in Yankton have faced challenges from outside forces such as weather conditions and a shortage of contractor availability in the past.

However, as officials begin soliciting bids for projects for 2022, they are doing so keeping in mind potential challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as inflation and supply chain issues. .

On Tuesday, Yankton Director of Public Works Adam Haberman discussed some of the major street projects planned for Yankton in 2022, including:

• Whiting Drive from Ferdig Avenue to 13th Street.

“It will be a complete street reconstruction project,” Haberman said. “The existing concrete on this hallway is failing, so we will be replacing the curb and gutter and street sidewalk.”

• 21st Street from Douglas Avenue to Mulberry Street.

“This will only be a pavement replacement, so we will be removing the existing asphalt, doing a bit of grading work on the gravel base below, and then putting back a section of concrete pavement,” said Habermann.

• West City Limits Road from 8th to 9th Streets and Summit Street from 15th to 21st Streets will also be subject to pavement replacement projects.

• Fifth Street from Green Street to Spruce Street.

“This will be a complete street reconstruction project where we will remove the existing pavement, curb and gutter and replace them with new curbs and gutters and concrete,” Haberman said.

He said there are potential issues that are well beyond the city’s control and could be encountered.

“We’ve heard concrete prices are going to go up,” he said. “We also know that entrepreneurs are already extremely busy. It will be interesting to see how the offers come in when we announce them and receive offers. »

He said the city is taking steps to try to avoid some of these potential speed bumps.

“We have a couple of these projects that are about to be announced, so we’re releasing them pretty early,” he said. “We’ll get the others out as soon as we have them ready to go.”

If bids are too high for certain projects, Haberman said there would be a possibility of re-evaluation.

“We may have to adjust the project schedule if things get high,” he said. “We may have to reprioritize the project slate, and one or two projects may have to be pushed back to the next build season or build season (2024).”

He said that ideally the projects planned for 2022 will all be completed by November.

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