The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct the James River bridge on State Highway 42 east of Ethan will resume on Aug. 3.

Reconstruction will begin again after being called off Sept. 24, 2019 due to high water levels in the James River valley. To that point, the DOT had worked on the bridge for about 50 days and then re-opened the bridge with plans to continue work in 2020.

The bridge is located 8 miles east of Ethan and 9 miles southwest of Alexandria. The project includes removing the existing bridge, constructing a new bridge, and raising the elevation of the roadway through the river valley approximately 3 feet. When work first began, the bridge reconstruction was slated to be complete in July 2020.

With the updated schedule, the road is set to be reopened on July 2, 2021, with the contract completion date scheduled for Aug. 27, 2021.

During construction, the roadway will be closed and traffic will be detoured to State Highway 44 between State Highway 37 and U.S. Highway 81.

The primary contractor for the $7.25 million project is Perrett Construction, of Valentine, Nebraska.