Sanborn Boulevard construction to start April 20

Traffic flows along North Sanborn Boulevard at the 7th Avenue intersection on Tuesday in Mitchell. A Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction meeting was held on Tuesday night at Mitchell Technical Institute to discuss the upcoming second phase of work, which will continue from the south side of Seventh Avenue to a point between Eighth and Ninth avenues. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The city of Mitchell's reconstruction of Sanborn Boulevard has a new start date.

John Rennich, an estimator and project manager for H&W Contracting in Sioux Falls, said the next phase of construction will begin on Monday, April 20. The construction work will include rebuilding street and utility infrastructure on Sanborn between Seventh and 15th avenues.

The first sequence of work will start with closing the intersection of Sanborn and Seventh Avenue and involve the 400 feet north of the intersection on Sanborn. Business access will still be maintained from the north end of the closure on Sanborn, Rennich said.

The project was initially scheduled to begin April 6. In late March, officials said construction was on a one-week delay due to coronavirus concerns regarding potential work restrictions.

In the initial timeline for the project in March, a more extensive closure of Sanborn Boulevard — from Seventh Avenue to 15th Avenue — was estimated for three weeks into the project. If that timeline holds true, more extensive construction and street closures could begin around May 11. The total project is estimated to take 113 days, weather pending, and putting a possible completion date in September.


The construction costs for this summer's work, known as Phase III when it was bid at the same time as 2019's Phase II work, is about $3.26 million. The two phases combined cost about $8 million. Once completed, it would finish the reconstruction of Sanborn Boulevard from Havens Avenue to 15th Avenue in a three-year span.

The Sanborn Boulevard construction project is pictured here Oct. 10, 2019. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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