The seasons might be changing, but construction projects are still popping up in Sioux Falls. Anyone who drives 57th Street will want to take note of this new project that starts before the sun rises on Monday.
"It is one of our few arterial streets that goes east-west across the city, so a lot of people use 57th Street to get from Marion Road to Highway 11," Chad Huwe of Sioux Falls Public Works said.
In fact, nearly 20,000 vehicles pass along the stretch of the road just west of Western Avenue each day, but starting Monday, that won't be an option. 57th Street will be closed down for a construction project. Drivers like Cody Larsen say they've had enough of the orange barrels.
"We'll it sucks because I use this road every day to go to work and it will affect my job," Larsen said.
But the city Public Works department says the work has to be done. It's part of the on-going upgrades to the sanitary sewer system. The road has to be torn up so a new, large pipe can get put into place.
Crews expect to have the work complete in about one week.
"We've done similar projects like this as these projects have happened, we've closed East 26th Street for a period of time. We've closed Cliff Avenue. We've had to close Cliff Avenue. We've closed Minnesota Avenue and now it's 57th Street's turn," Huwe says.
Temporary accesses have been built for area businesses and the city expects the road to be back open the next week.
"It would be great so we don't lose a lot of money.," Larsen said.
The company doing the work has to have the road ready to open by Tuesday October 8. If it is ready before then, they'll get a $4,000 bonus for each day. However, if they don't get the work done on time, they'll be fined the same amount.