Sioux Falls, SD
Road construction along W. 12th Street in Sioux Falls has led to backed up traffic all summer long.
"I'm certainly hoping next summer we don't have to deal with this, yeah," Interstate Batteries manager Casey Crabtree said.
It's wishful thinking from drivers and businesses wanting to see road construction come to an end as soon as possible.
"We pulled off a week and a half for the fair to make sure everybody got in and out fine, but drivers are starting to get a little frustrated now that we're back," street engineer Wes Philips said.
For Casey Crabtree at Interstate Batteries, he's telling many of his clients to stay away from the construction. He's bringing the products straight to them.
"We've actually asked them to call us in advance and we'll just go and bring it out to you and try to get it to you within an hour because it's so hard to get in here right now," Crabtree said.
Just down the road at the 12th Street Auto Mart, employees have a front-row view of the work.
"Quite a few years ago when 12th Street was closed off, it pinched some businesses pretty tight, but you always think about those days. We've chosen to be more optimistic about it," Auto Mart sales manager Dusty Johnson said.
Johnson thinks the stalled traffic is working to their advantage.
"The cars are backed up so far, why not stop in and cruise through and take a little break from all the traffic. It's probably the best thing," Johnson said.
While the drivers and businesses find this year's construction to be a headache, it may only be a sign of things to come on W. 12th Street. The repair work will pick up again next summer.
"We'll be starting around Kiwanis and working towards Western, and in addition to that, we're going to be replacing the bridge on 12th Street just west of Grange," Philips said.
While the traffic isn't as thick, the new area will offer its own complications.
"The lanes are narrower, there's businesses a lot closer, so it's just a more confined site," Philips said.
Philips says that Sioux Falls Public Works is organizing an informational meeting about what to expect from next year's work on W. 12th Street. That is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.