Construction of South Dakota Highway 100 might be one of the stops for the state Transportation Commission when they meet this fall in Sioux Falls.
The commission meets most months in Pierre, but the state Department of Transportation has been working to get the members into the field at least once a year to tour the projects in the region they visit.
This year DOT officials are aiming the commission toward Sioux Falls. Mike Behm, director of planning and engineering, talked with the commission Thursday about possible arrangements.
The commissioners couldn’t decide between Sept. 28 and Oct. 26, which are the fourth Thursdays of those months and the days when the commission typically gathers for face-to-face monthly meetings.
Commissioner Don Roby of Watertown noted the governor’s roundup of bison in Custer State Park is scheduled to start Sept. 29. And Ron Rosenboom of Sturgis, the commission’s chairman, said the October date “is getting pretty late” for a tour.
Commissioner Kyle White of Rapid City offered an idea. White said the Sioux Falls meeting doesn’t have to be held on a fourth Thursday.
Behm mentioned Sept. 27. “Why don’t we shoot for the twenty-seventh and we’ll work on some times,” Behm said.
Roby said he’d like to do a tour. “Something that is not standard issue,” he said.
“The intent is to let that last leg of 100 in August,” Behm said.
The plan won’t be approved until the June meeting. But for now, the commission intends to meet in Sioux Falls on the afternoon of Sept. 27 and tour projects the morning of Sept. 28.
White said he’s interested in learning how state and local officials are handling the population’s traffic needs in and around Sioux Falls. “It seems to be growing a lot,” White said.