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$758K project to extend Capital Street about half finished

A construction worker uses a bulldozer to move dirt on Friday directly west of Menards in Mitchell. Work is ongoing on a $758,000 project to extend Capital Street nearly a half-mile south of East Spruce Street to a housing development near Carl Road.

Work is about halfway done on a $758,000 project to build a nearly half-mile stretch of road south from East Spruce Street in Mitchell to a housing development near Carl Road.

According to Mitchell Public Works Director Tim McGannon, work on the project began about a month ago and construction workers recently finished installing sewer and water lines for the new road. Work on the road itself is underway and could be completed within a month depending on the weather, McGannon said.

The road -- technically an extension of Capital Street, though it's about two miles from the southern end of Capital Street in northern Mitchell -- will be located south of Cabela's, between Menards and South Point Village, a townhome development. Once complete, the road will extend nearly a half-mile south from that area of East Spruce Street to Carl Road.

"We basically had a bike trail in there before," he said. "It wasn't even a road."

The new stretch of road will give residents of a housing development near Carl Road a more direct route into Mitchell, McGannon said. The housing development is south of the commercial area in southern Mitchell but is still within the city limits, according to McGannon.

Currently, residents of that housing development have to take a circuitous route of more than a mile, first west on Carl Road and then north on Highway 37, to get to Mitchell.

The extension of Capital Street will give those residents a shorter, safer and more direct route into the city, McGannon said.

At this point, the city has no plans to extend the new stretch of Capital Street south past Carl Road, McGannon added.

In April, the City Council awarded a bid for the project to H&W Contracting, of Sioux Falls. At the time the project was estimated to cost $723,717.80. A recent $35,220 change order approved by the council has upped the total cost to $758,937.80.

The project is being paid for with funds generated by a tax incremental financing district put in place for South Point Village, McGannon said.

"The extra taxes they're generating are paying for this road," he said. "So we used that as our opportunity."

Construction of the first two 13-unit buildings at South Point Village is complete and another two 13-unit buildings are being built.

The first 52 units of South Point Village are only the first phase of a project that could eventually see as many as 273 apartments built, along with an outdoor swimming pool and a community clubhouse.