NewsOctober 07 2015

Crews start laying rail

Posted by Lucy

Railworks Tracks System started replacing rail last week on the MRC line west of Reliance as bridge work continues from Reliance east to Chamberlain.

According to Bruce Lindholm of the South Dakota Dept. of Transportation the $37 million MRC reconstruction project is proceeding on schedule.

Lindholm recently spoke at a Kiwanis meeting in Chamberlain and told those in attendance that approximately 40 percent of the work on the Missouri River bridge upgrade has been completed.

"All the wood elements on the bridge are being replaced to allow 136 pound rail to be installed to handle heavier grain car traffic," Lindholm said.

The wood salvaged from the bridge will be sold and not reused.

The new wood ties, walkways and inspection planks being used on the bridge will be treated with a wood preservative.

Because the bridge is above the Missouri River, they will use copper naphthalene to preserve the wood.

"Creosote won’t be used," Lindholm said. "Copper naphthalene is more environmentally friendly."

The bridge was built in 1953 and was deemed to have a secure foundation. Once the repairs are made and the rail upgraded, Lindholm stated it should be good for "another 50 to 80 years."

Koopers Railroad Structures of Madison, Wisconsin received the contract for all the bridge repairs along the 42.4 miles of rail line to be rehabbed.

Work on the smaller bridges from Reliance east to the river is also proceeding as expected.

All the bridge work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

A local company from Reliance, RPH received the contract for culvert work.

Many of the culverts have collapsed over the years and rather than dig them up and replace, they’ll insert steel liners to open them up. About 30 percent of the culvert work has been completed.

Most of the $20 million in materials has been delivered to the area and is stored along the track.

"We still have about half of the rail to come in yet," said Lindholm.

For the last month crews have been hauling material out on the line. Currently, the rail, steel plates and joint bars are positioned on or near the track between Reliance and Kennebec waiting to be installed.

The only spot on the rehab project to get continuous rail will be the bridge over the Missouri.

"We ordered two sticks of rail, a mile long, for the bridge," Lindholm said. "It will be field welded to make continuous rail across the bridge."

The rail rehab project has two major deadlines.

The first is to have the line open to train traffic from Chamberlain to Kennebec by September 1, 2016 and the second is to have the project completed to Presho by December 31, 2016.

"We’re on schedule so far," said Lindholm.

This cost to rehab the line is estimated at $800,000 per mile.

Lindholm identified the funding sources for the $37 million rehab as follows:

When asked if there are any plans to continue rehabbing the line further west, Lindholm stated there was interest to try and get funding to go as far as Draper or maybe Murdo.

The MRC line originally ran to Rapid City and while the rail bed and right-of-way is still owned by the state, the rail from Kadoka to Rapid was removed many years ago.

Bringing rail service back to central South Dakota is clearly beneficial to the area and the state.

"It’s already spawned two new elevators to be built along the line," Lindholm said.

The real payback to the state will come from the increased efficiency in transporting ag products in and out of the area.

NewsSeptember 30 2015

Concrete pour to start at elevator next week

Posted by Lucy

The June 28th wind storm that hit much of Lyman County damaged several structures under construction at the new Wheat Growers facility at Kennebec and caused a short set back as repairs were made. But, workers have made up for lost time and now according to John Kroll, construction manager with Wheat Growers the project is back on schedule.

Concrete forms are being assembled on the east side of the grain barn for the storage silos that will be poured next week at the new Wheat Growers facility at Kennebec.

For more of the Wheat Growers story, check this weeks Lyman County Herald.

NewsSeptember 30 2015

Homecoming set for Friday, October 9th

Posted by Lucy

The theme and schedule of events or the 2015 Lyman High School homecoming have been announced by the Student Council.

Due to scheduling conflicts the coronation ceremony to crown the reigning king and queen will be held Sunday night, Oct. 4th at 7:30 pm at the gym in Presho. The burning of the letters will follow.

The senior class selected the following candidates for king and queen, Mandy Cole, Brooke Jennings, Phoenix Choal, Phyzon Milton, Korder Cropsey and Conrad Mohr Eymer.

Sporting events for the week include;

Monday the Lady Raiders host KWL in volleyball and on Tuesday night Kadoka comes to challenge the Raiders. Volleyball matches start at 6:30 pm.

Cross Country runners travel to Gerrysburg Wednesday, and Lyman Middle School plays St. Joes in football at the field in Presho.

Friday the Raiders meet New Underwood under the lights at the field in Presho at 7:00. Booster Club tailgate starts at 5:00 pm at the field

The theme is cartoons/TV shows. Area businesses are invited to decorate their business windows and to participate in the parade set for Friday at 2:00 pm on Main Street, Presho.

An all-school pep rally will proceed the parade at 1:00 pm at the gym in Presho.

Each day of the week students are encouraged to dress in the following manner. Monday-America Day (red, white, & blue), Tuesday-Toga Day, Wednesday- class Color Day, Thursday-Opposite Gender Bender Day, and Friday-Raider Day (red, white & black).

NewsSeptember 23 2015

Volunteers help make XC meet a success

Posted by Lucy

Lyman staff member Scott Muirhead (far right) fires the starters pistol for the boys varsity run at the Lyman Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday, Sept. 19th at the Medicine Creek Golf Course near Presho. Pictured on the far left are Lyman’s two runners Bradley Lebeda and Phyzon Milton as they leave the starting line. Many community members and Lyman School District employees helped with the Invitational. See more photos and story inside on page 6.

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