The condition of Rapid City's streets means different things to different people. Earlier this year, Alderman Jerry Wright had city engineers prepare a report on costs for repair and maintenance of city streets. The report set total costs at $38.5 million. Wright pointed out in a March Legal & Finance Committee meeting that the city's actual funding fell far short at $13 million. However, the Rapid City Journal reports that Mayor Steve Allender sees the issue as less severe. Although city council members may receive many complaints about road conditions from their constituents, Allender points out that the last street study done found only 10 percent of city streets were considered Poor or Very Poor. Bringing those roads up in standards would require an investment of time and money.
Another street study should be completed this fall, which could change considerations. More stories on Rapid City's streets can be found linked in the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.