Naomi Nagler has not noticed the leaves change, but she can quickly spot some autumn orange when she sees the construction cones on 6th Street in Downtown Sioux Falls.
"I'm sure they're working, and I'm sure the roads will just be so gorgeous afterward. But it makes me say, 'Really? Why would it take them so long?' It's one section of the entire city ," Nagler said.
The first part of the project that closed the intersection of 6th Street and Phillips Avenue began in June, and finished in late July. The rest of the construction, just in front of Raven Industries, was set to wrap up on September 27th. City Engineer Chad Huwe said crews are about three weeks behind schedule.
"In this case, I think our general contractor hasn't managed the project as well as I think he should've," Huwe said.
Huwe said weather, accommodating businesses, and just working in the downtown area are some other reasons why the project is going slower than expected. Huwe said there are consequences for not meeting the deadline.
"We call it liquidated damages, and that's part of the contract. It's usually so much per day, when they don't meet their completion date," Huwe said.
Huwe said this means the $2.14 million project could cost taxpayers less money. Nagler is looking forward to a less congested downtown.
"I'm just going to spend a whole day, driving up and down the street, (and say) 'yay!'" Nagler said.
Howard Schmuck said the construction has not bothered him at all.
"It'll look a a lot better once it's done. Even the businesses will thrive a lot more," Schmuck said.
Huwe said the new end date could be in mid-October.