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Corps Encourages Safety as Work Begins at Pierre Causeway

Published April 16, 2012

Omaha, Neb. – Work will soon be starting on the repair of the Pierre causeway, and the public is asked to remain a safe distance from the work site.

Road closure signs will be placed near the corner of West Missouri Avenue and South Poplar Avenue to restrict access to the causeway during the construction period.

The west Steamboat parking lot will continue to be available to the public during this time period for access to park facilities. The bike path along the river will also remain passable near the causeway but trucks crossing the bike path intersection will have the right of way.

Haul trucks transporting material to and from the causeway will use South Poplar and Sioux Avenues. Stop signs at the corner of Dakota and South Poplar will be changed to allow truck traffic on South Poplar the right of way.

Boaters will be asked to keep a safe distance from the causeway and not use the gap as an access to the river side.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District appreciates the public’s patience and observance of these rules as repairs are completed.

The causeway connects Pierre, S.D., to LaFramboise Island that is situated in the Missouri River. During the Missouri River Flood of 2011, the causeway sustained severe damage from the high releases of floodwaters out of Oahe Dam. A section of the causeway was partially washed away, rendering the road and water main unusable.

The Corps is restoring the basic structure of the causeway and coordinating with the City of Pierre to allow them to restore their utility lines and water main that had been damaged by floodwaters.

For regular updates on the repair efforts to flood control structures in the Missouri River Basin, visit the Omaha District’s Flood 2011 Repairs Systems Restoration Team web page.

Margaret Oldham

Release no. 20120416-002