HOT SPRINGS – For those wondering if the state’s planned reconstruction of Hwy. 385 through downtown Hot Springs is ever going to happen, Hot Springs Mayor Bob Nelson recently confirmed that things are still on schedule for a November 2021 bid letting.
“It’s been years in the making but the Highway 385 reconstruction project is closer to becoming a reality,” stated Mayor Nelson, in an email to this newspaper. “On October 21, 2021, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDOT), the City of Hot Springs and the City’s design architect for the suspended sidewalk, ISG, will meet with prospective bidders for the project.
“The meeting is not open to the public but rather will be an opportunity for the SDOT, the City, and ISG to describe the project. This will also be an opportunity for the bidders to ask questions to help them understand the overall design of the reconstruction project.”
Mayor Nelson added that the next important date is November 3, 2021, which is when the SDOT will open the bids for the project.
“The finish line is a ways away but getting the project started is right in front of us,” Nelson said.