RAPID CITY, SD– Utility work in downtown Rapid City will close part of a popular attraction.
For the next six weeks Black Hills Energy will be burying utility lines in Rapid City’s Art Alley. The work part of BHE’s Downtown Alley Project.
Over the next few years Black Hills Energy will be conducting the same work in all downtown alleys. The overall project is expected to wrap up in 2027, removing aging infrastructure and strengthening the resilience of the downtown power grid.
BHE is conducting the work in Art Alley in phases to accommodate property owners and visitors coming to enjoy the art work.
Black Hills Energy Rapid City Operations Manager Bo Secrest says, “We’re doing stage closures, one half of the project, and then we’ll move to the other half throughout the duration and so people still have access to the art like we do here on this side, the east half today.”
The Rapid City Arts Council is excited to see what the alley looks like when work is complete and hope it will open up more surface for artists.
Ryan Light, Dahl Arts Center Digital Marketing Specialist, says, “I think it’ll look a lot more modern, a lot more open. I’m hoping that it’ll expand the alley in general, give us a lot more painting room, that kind of thing.”
Construction will take place Monday through Friday during business hours. Permits for artists will still be issued during work for the open half of the alley.