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July 29, 2014 04:55 PM

Russell Street Construction Nearing Completion

Sioux Falls, SD

Orange cones and construction crews are a common sight along Russell Street. Crews are in the middle of a two-year project to improve the increasingly popular path through town.

"We're increasing it to three lanes each direction, so it'll be a six-lane divided highway," project manager Dena Knutson said.

It's an $18 million project supported by city, state and federal funds. A target completion date is set for the end of October and Knutson says everything is still on schedule.

"I don't think they'll really have any problem meeting that completion date. We will be entering into the last phase, the final phase of construction," Knutson said.

It comes just in time for the opening of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center when crews will open the intersection at West Avenue.

"We will be doing some modifications with the signals here at West Avenue. We will be, soon, switching traffic to the eastbound lanes so that traffic can flow in each direction on the new lanes, so that will help with the extra flow coming in for the new events center," Knutson said.

The remaining construction will also move away from the events center before the first concert in October. However, there's still a chance that drivers may have to deal with minor delays.

"If they need to follow a detour, please follow the detour. Please be patient with the construction workers if they are in the area or just following the regular flow of traffic," Knutson said.

Knutson says the project probably would only have taken a year to complete if crews didn't have to expand two bridges. Thankfully, they haven't experienced any delays and the project should be wrapped up by the time Cher comes to town at the end of October.

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