As many of you may have heard, the South Dakota State Department of Transportation will be resurfacing Highway 212 in 2015.
The resurfacing project through Redfield begins at 1st St. West (Fire Department) and ends approximately seven miles east of town. Along with the resurfacing, the DOT has made plans to remove the traffic signals on Main St.
This decision was made by the DOT after they concluded studies recording the volume of trafic in the spring of 2012. The studies took place at two locations. These two locations are the intersections of HWY 212 at Main St. and 3rd St. east by Casey’s General Store. We do however meet the requirements for the volume of traffic traveling east and west.
As a City not only are we opposed to this removal of traffic signals at Main St., but we feel an additional traffic signal should be put in at the intersection of HWY 212 and 3rd St. east by Casey’s General Store.
We disagree with the DOT’s decision based on quantity only As a City we feel the decision should be made on the quality of traffic and safety of our pedestrians who utilize the crosswalks on Main St. on a daily basis.
On July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada in Aberdeen, South Dakota there will be a STIP (State Transportation Improvement Plan) meeting presented by the DOT. At this meeting the DOT will outline their plans for future construction and improvements on State Highways.
This meeting is open to the public and they will allow for public feedback at the end of their presentation. Last year a city council member and myself voiced out concerns at this meeting. As with most government meetings two voices was not enough to reverse their decision to remove the traffic signals.
Letters have been sent to our local and state representatives. The city council has circulated petitions asking for signatures in support of keeping the traffic signal. We have gained support from community leaders in our city and county. Now we are asking for your support.
The city council and myself would like to invite you, the citizens of Redfield and surrounding area, to join us on July 16 at the STIP meeting at the Ramada in Aberdeen. You do not have to be a citizen of Redfield to support this cause. If either one of the intersections not having a traffic signal will affect you in a negative way then we want you to join us in Aberdeen. We feel this is the best chance to convince the DOT to change their plans by showing them a strong physical presence of support at the meeting.
If you are interested in going and need help getting to the meeting, please call City Hall at 472-4550 and we will coordinate transportation for you.
Thanks for your support in this matter and we look forward to seeing you on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada.
Mayor Jayme Akin