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Sturgis City Council, Chamber Of Commerce Oppose Bypass

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The City Council and the Chamber of Commerce in the motorcycle mecca of Sturgis say they’re opposed to a 1 ½-mile highway bypass around the city aimed at stimulating growth and alleviating traffic.

Meade County voters will decide the fate of the “Fort Meade Way” plan March 3. The Council and the Chamber both publicly opposed using tax increment financing to fund the proposed bypass this week.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( ) Sturgis officials worry about the effect a bypass around the city could have on local businesses. Sturgis businesswoman Carol Hallock says moving traffic away from Main Street would be “very difficult” for businesses.

Bypass proponents say it could spur growth east of the city and ease traffic during the annual motorcycle rally.


Information from: Rapid City Journal,