Even after years of planning and construction, there's still a long road ahead for South Dakota Highway 100. We will soon have a much better idea of when the Eastside corridor will be ready for drivers.
If you drive anywhere close to where Highway 100 will be, what you will see is construction crews and empty road. Homeowners and businesses alike are hoping that they can start using that stretch of road sooner rather than later.
Highway 100 is a road that has a good purpose. It is meant to connect I-29 to Interstate 90, creating another connection between the east and south sides of Sioux Falls. The history of this project dates back to 2005 in an agreement between the City of Sioux Falls and the South Dakota Department of Transportation, where the state agreed to build Highway 100.
The project is still in the works with no timetable in place for it to open and be useable for the number of commuters who would like to get on the road. One of those people includes Clayton Siegfried, the assistant manager at a new Sherwin-Williams store. He is waiting patiently for the day that Highway 100 is good to go.
"It'd be great, you know? We are a pretty rural location out here. It's starting to build up, but we definitely would love to see more flow of traffic coming through the area because it would help bring in more profits as well as getting us more well-known in this area. Since we're a new location, not many people know of us yet," Siegfried said.
Tuesday night during the Sioux Falls City Council meeting, an amendment is expected to be made to the original agreement between the city and the state. It is meant to be a renewal of the commitment between the two parties to get this road completed.
Also, a timeline for the construction is expected to be announced, so a date of completion may be part of this deal as well. We may soon know when Highway 100 will go all the way from Interstate 90 to I-29.