Downtown streetscape community presentation held

Photos by Benjamin Chase/Plainsman Above: David Locke, an engineer with Stockwell Engineering in Sioux Falls, walks the attendees of a downtown corridor renovation meeting through proposed changes to be considered as a part of the S.D. Dept. of Transportation’s rebuilding of Dakota Avenue. Below: Locke wraps up his presentation on proposed changes to the downtown corridor Wednesday evening.

HURON — When the South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) begins work on Highway 37 through Huron in 2024, the area of the highway through town, known in Huron as Dakota Avenue, will undergo some significant changes. On Wednesday, Stockwell Engineering presented concepts to the Huron City Commission and to the community at two meetings to begin to firm up how downtown Huron will look as the road work is completed and things are put back together.

David Locke with Stockwell led the Huron City Commission through a presentation at an afternoon meeting that reviewed a previous input survey regarding light fixtures, benches, planters, and sidewalks that the public would like to see in the downtown area. The top choices from that survey were placed into conceptual drawings for the community to review for the section of downtown Huron from Market Street to 5th Street.

Locke was clear that final decisions were not intended for Wednesday’s meetings, neither at the commission meeting nor the public input meeting.

“Today is the first step of getting stakeholder input,” Locke told commissioners Wednesday afternoon.

At the evening public meeting at the Huron Event Center, Locke presented the same slideshow to attendees that he had given to the commission in the afternoon.

Attendees had the opportunity to look at large poster board mockups of the concepts, with two choices available to consider.

“The one area where those surveyed were split was on sidewalks,” Locke noted. “Pavers and colored concrete sidewalk votes were mixed almost evenly, so there are options with pavers and options with colored concrete to view.”

Locke also reviewed options for wayfinder monuments within the downtown area, specifically between 2nd Street and 4th Street, as that is the highest foot traffic area of downtown.

Attendees were given stickers to place on their preferred concept of the poster boards in the back of the room before they left.

The next steps in the planning will involve the city and Stockwell reviewing public input to make decisions on streetscaping and making plans for 2024 when the DOT project begins.

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