User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

44° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Drivers Cutting Corners During Construction

July 27, 2010, 5:51 PM by Brian Kushida

Drivers Cutting Corners During Construction
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A construction project in southern Sioux Falls has some drivers slamming their brakes and city engineers sending out a warning.  Crews are rebuilding 57th Street between Minnesota Avenue and Pennbrook Avenue. Since the road closed in April, drivers have been finding their own ways around the detour.  

Every day, Steve Parezo walks, works and drives along Minnesota Avenue near Ralph Rogers Road. But lately, he's noticing this intersection is getting a little treacherous for travel.

"With no turning lane there, it was a problem to begin with. Now it's just compounded," Parezo said.

Traffic is backing up along a bend in Minnesota Avenue, as drivers brake to take shortcuts around construction. And the sudden stops are catching some drivers off guard.

"If you're not paying attention at this intersection, they're in trouble," Parezo said. 

Drivers who head north on Minnesota Avenue are being joined by detoured traffic coming from 69th Street. As a result, Minnesota is backing up at 57th Street. So, instead of waiting to turn left onto 57th Street, Minnesota Avenue drivers are taking residential Ralph Rogers Road instead. It dumps them off at Western Avenue.

To make the situation worse, Parezo says drivers are traveling well above the speed limit through the neighborhood, putting several nearby families in danger.

It's one of several reasons why Sioux Falls Traffic Engineer Dallas Hofer doesn't recommend drivers to take residential areas as detours. Instead, he says drivers should stay their course on the main routes, and be careful in the process.

"Drivers have to be more cautious and to expect that a car, in fact, could be slowing down to make a left," Hofer said.

And do whatever you can to make things right again. 

Hofer also says traffic engineers have worked to ensure the green lights at Minnesota Avenue and 57th Street are working to keep congestion to a minimum.

And there have long been signs that reminded drivers of sudden turns near Ralph Rogers.

Previous Story

Next Story



You may also like

16-Year-Old Teen Found Dead On Interstate 90

10/2/2015 10:48 AM

Authorities did not identify the victim, but described him as a 16 year old from Minnehaha County.

Full Story
Body On I-90 Identified

10/2/2015 4:02 PM

The teenager found dead on Interstate 90 has been identified as an O'Gorman High School student.

Full Story
Helicopter Crash Near Parkston Under Investigation

10/5/2015 11:25 AM

Emergency crews responded to a helicopter crash near Parkston Monday morning. 

Full Story
Bosworth's Husband Facing Felony Charges

10/5/2015 10:50 AM

The husband of former GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth now faces felony charges.

Full Story
Fishermen Find Body Of Sioux Falls Man In Oakwood Lake

10/6/2015 12:30 PM

The Brookings County Sheriff's Office says the body of 73-year-old Martin Jepson was found floating in the lake around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Full Story