Several projects on the east side of Pierre have begun to pay dividends on city growth.
Pierre mayor Laurie Gill says for years, the city has wanted growth to support new construction on the east side of town. The city even provided water, sewer and utilities to the area, before those systems were even able to go online.
Now, that foresight is beginning to pay off.
Three big projects are underway simultaneously on Pierre's northeast side. A new Menards is under construction, and the Dept. of Transportation is building a new highway bypass in the area to improve flow on the east side of town. A new elementary school is also in the works.
New housing is also starting to spring up in the area. Both single-family units and mutli-family homes are all in development.
In addition, dirt from the area was used to construct flood levees during the Missouri River flood of 2011. The removal of that dirt smoothed out the land, making construction there a lot easier.