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August 10, 2014 10:43 AM

Going Back To School Through Road Construction

Even though summer vacation is nearing its end, some road construction projects in Sioux Falls are far from over. One of these projects is going to affect people trying to get to Washington High School.

With only two lanes of traffic, a lot of cars, and ongoing construction work, the best way to describe the corner of 10th and Sycamore is congested. With the start of the school year just around the corner, and Washington High School just down the road, things are only going to get worse.

Dianna Schaffer lives on Sycamore Avenue, about a block away from the 10th Street intersection. Even though getting in and out of her driveway can be a challenge, this homeowner isn't just concerned about herself.

"For the kids, I feel sorry, because coming from the south going north, the light only stays green for so long," Schaffer said.

Which means drivers are going to have to be patient in this area, especially during the academic year. 

"With school starting, and we have Washington High up the street, you know that when 3:10/3:15 comes, you're not going to be able to get out of your driveway until after four, because it's just bumper to bumper traffic," Schaffer said.

The nearly $3 million construction project is scheduled to be complete on October 3, leaving students and parents to maneuver around the orange cones for more than a month. Sean Montileaux is going to be a junior at Washington High School, and he drives through the intersection on his way to class. He says the construction is going to add about ten to 15 minutes to his trip.

"Because you have to go slower, and with all the cars, people are trying to cut you off," Washington High School Junior Sean Montileaux said.

As frustrating as the road construction can be, Montileaux doesn't think his teachers will accept it as an excuse for being late to school.

"They just tell you if you don't get to school on time with the construction, then that's your own fault," Montileaux said.

Meaning students will need to allow extra time to get to class before the bell rings.

Starting tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., drivers traveling southbound will not be allowed to turn right at the 10th Street intersection. This will be effective until late Tuesday night.

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