Starting Monday, more road construction will be seen in Downtown Sioux Falls. Second Avenue will be closed to the north of 10th Street and there will be one lane of traffic maintained at all times. Second Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets will be down to one lane. The city is warning drivers, traffic will slow down, so find different routes.
“Any time we do work it's a challenge downtown, but we'll get in and get out and people will naturally find different routes to take,” Chad Huwe, Sioux Falls City Engineer said.
This project will reconstruct the roadway and make improvements to pedestrian crossings, traffic signals, street lighting, among other things. Crews are expected to be finished with the project by July 5th. If construction crews get the work done sooner, the city says they will be rewarded.
“Because it’s such a critical intersection to traffic we've added an incentive to encourage them to get it done even quicker,” Huwe said.
Traffic delays will be expected while the project is being worked on. During construction, parking spots in front of the Great Outdoor Store and River Center will be closed to accommodate the traffic. These parking closures will be temporary and will switch from side to side of the street depending on construction activities. The city is hoping that drivers get used to the closed road after the first few days.
“Things will be a little bumpy the first two days, but we'll get the signal timings adjusted when we kind of know where the traffic is going and we'll get things running as smoothly as we can,” Huwe said.
A single lane of traffic will be maintained throughout the project. If you do drive this area, the city engineer recommends using 6th, 8th or 14th Street to get into downtown during construction.