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Sturgis Parks Board gets update on two crossings into city park that will require changes

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The Sly and Blanche Street crossings (marked with red stars) are no longer properly permitted and will need to be replaced.

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Public Works Department Director Rick Bush says they will have to do some re-configuring regarding the two entrances into the Sturgis City Park.

During this week’s Parks Board meeting, Bush says they have been informed that the two crossings over Bear Butte Creek at Blanche and Sly Street were not properly permitted years ago.

Bear Butte Creek has washed out the two crossings in the past.

Bush says they are working on several options, including closing the Sly Street bridge and turning the Blanche Street bridge into a low water crossing like what is being constructed on 7th Street.

“One of the things that we’re looking at considering, that we’re going to be proposing to the city council, is a road that would come all the way through what we call Woodland, back out to Junction on the north side of (Bear Butte) Creek. Then we would eliminate the Sly Street crossing,” Bush said. “We can probably do a low water crossing at Blanche Street and we’ll have to construct a pedestrian bridge similar to what we have further down the creek .”

Bush says school buses that come in to drop off students for athletic events at Woodle Field would not be able to use the Blanche Street low water crossing, because they can get hung up.

That’s why they are looking at adding new entrances into the park off Lazelle and Junction.

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