Two projects underway on the northern edge of Belle Fourche will have a positive impact on the Rushmore Region economy for years to come.
Work continues on the Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park, which will make it easier for businesses to transport goods by rail. About a half a mile of siding track and a rail spur will be constructed, connecting the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern rail line to the business park.
Raw materials or finished goods can be delivered by rail to the industrial park and later transported by truck to their final destination. Likewise, products produced in the Rushmore Region can be loaded onto train cars and shipped to buyers.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development had named the 77-acre park a certified ready site.
Meanwhile, construction crews have made significant progress on the new Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office, which is being built in the Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park.
BLM’s 18 full-time and seasonal employees have been scattered across three locations in Belle Fourche. When the new building is completed, those workers will be working together in 5,600 square feet of offices, 3,300 square feet of warehouse and 32,000 square feet of storage yard.