Road collapses in Meade County

    NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. (AP) - The collapse of a stretch of road in Meade County could disrupt traffic in western South Dakota for months to come.
     The New Underwood Road is a major north-south artery in the region, linking U.S. Highway 34 with Interstate 90. It's used heavily by trucks traveling to the oil fields, and is a popular route for residents of the Cheyenne Indian Reservation and northern counties who travel to Rapid City.
     A portion of the paved road recently dropped 3-7 feet down the slope of a hill. Traffic is being detoured.
     Highway Superintendent Ken McGirr says moving the road might be the only solution. But he says that would cost well over $1 million and won't happen this year.

 AP-WF-07-23-14 1425GMT

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