401st Avenue bridge in Davison County to reopen July 2

Bridge has been out since 2019

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A bridge in rural Davison County damaged by flooding in 2019 will open later this week.

The 401st Avenue bridge between 259th and 260th Streets will reopen as of Friday, July 2, Davison County Commissioner Randy Reider told the Mitchell Republic.

The bridge was among four structures damaged in the September 2019 flooding that washed out bridge structures in the county.

A new 85-foot bridge was being built over Enemy Creek to replace the failed structure, which is located about 13 miles southwest of Mitchell. It received a South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge Improvement Grant in 2020 to replace the structure. The estimated cost was $686,775.06, with the state of South Dakota providing nearly $550,000 for its construction.

The construction of the bridge was ahead of schedule, previously planned to be finished by the end of November 2021. It is the second road closure to recently be reopened by county construction crews after 406th Avenue between 259th and 260th Streets reopened earlier this year.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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