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June 12, 2014 05:00 PM

Crews To Fix Bumpy SF Intersection

Sioux Falls drivers feel like they are going over a speed bump at the intersection of 22nd Street and Minnesota Avenue, but a smoother ride is on the way. 

"It's getting worse.  There's more chunks of concrete that are coming up all the time," Roger Risty said. 

His business, Risty Benefits, INC., is on the corner of the intersection, so Risty drives through about three times per day.  The concrete appears to be crumbling a bit, creating a few small divots.  The present condition of this concrete was actually set in stone a while ago.

"A year, or so, ago when it got really hot, pushed the concrete up," Wes Philips, Sioux Falls Principal Streets Engineer, said.

Philips said the concrete continues to expand and shift.

"At this point, we're monitoring it, but it's not a safety hazard.  It just creates a little bump when you're driving," Philips said.

Workers will soon tear it up to smooth it out.  Before they lay new concrete, which could begin in September, Philips said crews will do some water main work.  All in all, the whole project may take about two months.  Workers will not completely shut down Minnesota Avenue.  A couple of lanes of traffic will stay open throughout the project, allowing you to drive in both directions.

"There's so much traffic, you can't fully close it," Philips said.

Philips expects a $400,000 price tag for the whole project, along with some other concrete fixes nearby.  Risty does not think the work will cost him any business.

"It gets a lot of wear and tear.  It can be an extremely busy intersection, but you know, any repairs and improvements they can make are just going to improve it for the future," Risty said.

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