Sioux Falls, SD
A major street construction project in Sioux Falls is behind schedule and it could cause some big delays when school starts next month.
At the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and 10th Street, just south of Washington High School, crews are scrambling to get two lanes of traffic open before the school bell rings. Ask anyone who has to drive this area of Sioux Falls and they'll tell you it's a mess.
"Everybody is dealing with it, it's what you have to do," Jean Burr said.
Burr, who lives nearby this busy intersection, says one way drivers are dealing with this construction project is by avoiding 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue altogether.
"I see a lot of people taking detours through residential areas and it's caused a lot of traffic going on side streets," Burr said.
City engineer Chad Huwe says a couple of factors have delayed the widening of the intersection by two weeks.
One was last month's rainy weather. The other has to do with old utilities in the area.
"Anytime you get into an intersection that's 30, 40 or 50 years old, you're going to run into things underground you weren't expecting or you didn't know about," Huwe said.
What we do know is that the intersection won't be complete until October.
"When school starts, let's pray the busses are really handy. Let's hope the students find their way to get to school as well," Burr said.
Huwe says by the time school starts in mid August, Sycamore will only have one lane of traffic open both ways, so students should plan ahead.
"It'll be a challenge, but people adjust. People will figure it out; we'll get through it," Huwe said.
Huwe says when the project is finished, it'll be similar to the intersection at 10th Street and Cliff Avenue.
Review the city's road construction map