The City of Spearfish will work with Lawrence County to make improvements to Maitland Road, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The Spearfish City Council approved participating in the program, and the city’s share of renovations to the gravel road will not exceed $30,000. The option recommended by city staff and ultimately selected by the city council utilizes city funds to haul materials, while Lawrence County will be responsible for grading and material placement throughout the project.
Two additional options were presented to the city regarding its participation in the project. Another option would involve paving about one-half mile of Maitland Road within the city limits as well as several regrading measures, with an overall cost of $458,337. The final option would involve paving one-quarter of a mile of Maitland Road to Arizona Avenue, along with regrading improvements, at a cost of $216,689.
Several questions were raised concerning the ownership of Maitland Road. While records show that the road is owned by Lawrence County, there were several instances where the city funded improvements to the road. However, the road would need to be officially transferred from the county to the city by the South Dakota Department of Transportation to officially become a city road.