Bids for construction of the new road are estimated to be about $2.6 million, and the Meade County Commission will open and award a bid tomorrow. The Commission has budgeted $1.6 million and Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff has pledged to raise up to $1 million in expected shortfall for the project to ensure its completion.
The new road will help ease traffic jams, which typically clog travel into Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally. Donations toward the construction of the new access road are being accepted at www.BikersScenicByway.com.
Construction of the roadway is estimated to begin in late November. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2016, and the road may be usable by July 25.