Thousands of Sioux Falls drivers, and one homeowner, may notice some relief to all the construction on West 12th Street by the end of the week. Workers are finishing up concrete work they started in April. There are a number of businesses on West 12th Street from Carolyn Avenue to Kiwanis Avenue, but if you look closely, you will notice Mary Zabdyr's home near the ball fields. Her house essentially stands alone in a sea of businesses and, for the past few months, construction workers.
"And, 'Oh my God,' I thought. You know, it is a little bit of a challenge because it's difficult," Zabdyr said.
While workers have been tearing up concrete, drivers typically have one lane in each direction to work with. In the morning and in the evening, two lanes in both directions are open. The closures backed up traffic, and Zabdyr said it can be tricky getting in and out of her driveway, which is right off 12th Street.
"About a half hour before I'm ready to leave, I'll go out and talk to somebody and say, 'I need to be leaving about 10:30. Do I have a way out or can you make a way out'?" Zabdyr said.
Zabdyr said the workers have been working with her. They will open up a lane, allowing her to get in and out of her driveway more easily.
"For the most part, people have been really patient with the project. We set it up to help the drivers and the people who are in the area," Wes Philips, Principal Streets Engineer, said.
Philips said maintaining the roads in Sioux Falls is a must because about 4,000 more people move to the city every year.
"So, it's a challenge to balance the traffic and also getting the repairs done," Philips said.
Zabdyr said the construction has not bothered her too much, but even so, she is looking forward to things getting back to normal.
"The guys have been good about helping me in or out. So, it hasn't been quite the problem I had anticipated. So, we've been doing ok," Zabdyr said.
The repair work will pick up again next summer, but is shifting east toward Western Avenue.