Sioux Falls is in the midst of a record building year.
More than a half billion dollars worth of homes and businesses are expected to be built in the city this year. That means a big boost for the development fees the city started collecting in 2009.
In 2009, the city added development fees when it raised the second penny sales tax to a full penny. So far the city has collected $750,000 more than they thought they would be getting in 2013.
Much of that money will be going into a big infrastructure upgrade to South Cliff Avenue, which is becoming one of the busiest streets in Sioux Falls as the city grows toward Harrisburg.
"It's a nice bedroom community for Sioux Falls and I think the people will appreciate expanding the road," commuter Diane Binstock said.
In 2015, the city of Sioux Falls hopes to expand the two-lane road into a four-lane urban street with a landscaped median all the way to 85th Street.
"That's a major commuter route for the city of Sioux Falls. We've got a lot of development," Sioux Falls Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.
Because of all the development this year, the city is getting a jump start on plans for the Cliff Avenue expansion. Development fees that were expected to bring in $400,000 for the city this year have already brought in more than $1 million.
"When they come in on the arterial street platting fees, they have to be invested into our arterial streets," Cotter said.
The $725,000 surplus collected from those fees will be directed to the engineering of the Cliff Avenue project and other street work.
The fees are doing what city officials envisioned more than five years ago: helping facilitate more infrastructure improvements as developers continue to grow the city.
"We've got to have the roads that can actually support that commercial development and residential development and that's what we've been working closely with the planning department and the development community to make sure we can meet those needs," Cotter said.
And people like Binstock are glad to see the progress.
"I think it's a great opportunity and it just brings more people into our city and growth is wonderful," Binstock said.
More than 6,000 drivers travel on South Cliff Avenue every day between 77th and 85th Streets. In the year 2035, the city projects more than 20,000 will commute on the road.