Removing the downtown rail yard in Sioux Falls has been in the works for years. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we see how, at one point, the downtown viaduct project was put on hold due to the yard being in the way.
Former KELOLAND reporter Doug Barstow shares the story:
A report says the 11th Street viaduct project is apparently dead for the time being.
Senator Art Anderson said at a meeting that the railroads are blocking on right-of-way discussions and alternate ideas should be considered instead.
"We would like to have some kind of a project going next year, so we don't get skunked again like we did a year ago. Every other year it seems like we don't get a project," Anderson said.
Alternate projects discussed include improvements of Cliff Avenue between 8th Street and 18th Street and West Avenue from 6th Street to 12th Street and an interchange on Interstate 229 at East 26th Street.
There was also some complaint about Sioux Falls not getting its share of projects.
"I think opinions of $9 million every two years to public roads and the state highway department and if you get only one project that's less than ten percent on what you pay in two years and that's just not enough," Anderson said.
The discussion will be carried to the state's highway committee in Pierre in mid-November.
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