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Highway 48 still under construction after being forced to close due to flooding

(KTIV) – A major highway in Siouxland is still under construction after being forced to close due to flooding in March.

South Dakota state officials are hoping to get it back open in mid-September.

The water that caused the damage to Highway 48 is still visible today.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says engineers are currently setting dirt and gravel and should be done by the end of the week.

But there are still many steps that they have to assess before they can put traffic on the road again.

“I’m sure its not been very convenient for Akron, not to have this road open because there’s a lot of truck traffic and other traffic that goes through here and it has been a long time since it has been open, but there’s not a lot we can do because of the water running over it for so long and we have to assess whats going on. We have to make sure it’s safe,” said Rod Gall, SDDOT, Yankton Area Engineer.

Gall also says they have placed rock along the edge of the road to ensure that they can keep the road in place if the highway floods again.

Xava Parra

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