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Sunset Drive Nears Completion

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If you've driven in Mandan this summer, you've likely run into a detour on a major road in town.

Sunset Drive has been under construction since May, and with school starting next week, it could cause a few headaches getting to and from class.

We check in on the progress, and find out if it will be open when students head back to school.

<<Crews continue to work seven days a week, reconstructing more than eight blocks of roadway along Sunset Drive.

"The reconstruction includes completely new roadway, new sidewalks, new curb and gutter and new underground utilities," Tony Spilde said.

Although it might not look like it today, Spilde says this portion of Sunset Drive in front of Mandan high school, will be open just in time for the first day of school.

"August 22nd is our by the start of school is when we'll have that open, the northern most phase of the project is open, that's done so the turn off to Lewis and Clark is ready for the start of school, the middle phase, the last phase is around Division street and work on that portion of it should wrap up in October," Spilde said.

But that last phase will still force drivers to take some detours.

"Be aware and maybe take a little more time and approach the schools you know understanding things aren't quite the same and be on the lookout for kids and other cars and traffic, because it might be congested a little more than usual," Assistant Superintendent Jeff Lind said.

It might not be business as usual yet along this busy stretch of road, but Spilde says it will be worth it once the project is complete.

"Sunset Drive is a major thoroughfare in Mandan we understand that, I know it's a hardship for people particularly for those who live along the road but we think that a new road, a safe road, a long lasting road is going to be worth the wait," Spilde said.

Spilde says the project got off to a wet start in May.

But again, with 25 people working seven days a week, the final phase, which is the portion north of division, should be complete in October.

 

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