HILL CITY (AP) - Construction is set to begin later this year on a $500,000 sidewalk project in a city the southwest part of South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Hill City project has been years in the making. City administrator Brett McMacken says it's a simple project with "a few curveballs."

Plans are being made to reconfigure the sidewalk in front of downtown businesses on the west side of the city's Main Street. It currently has an upper sidewalk that was installed decades ago and convenient for delivery trucks to offload goods. The sidewalk also includes a lower walkway for pedestrian traffic.

McMacken says the uneven transition between the sidewalks is a safety concern.

The renovation project will include widening the upper sidewalk and ridding the transition step.