Spring isn't exactly right around the corner, but reminders of next year's road construction season are just down the block. Traffic signs throughout Sioux Falls are alerting drivers of projects that will begin in 2014.
The signs draw attention to four major street projects: West 12th Street from Kiwanis to Carolyn; 41st Street from Sertoma to Tea-Ellis Road, the intersection of 10th and Sycamore, and downtown on 2nd Avenue between 10th & 11th Street. Plus, signs posted at smaller projects promise drivers smoother roads ahead next year.
All the signs point to a busy road construction season for Sioux Falls in 2014.
"I think it's great that they're doing road construction here in Sioux Falls. This town is getting bigger every day," Bryce Barngrover of Sioux Falls said.
The city wants drivers to know that problem areas will be taken care of once winter's over.
"We want to let people know that yeah, we know the road maybe needs some work on it, so they don't have to call up City Hall and say, boy, this road's in terrible condition," City Engineer Chad Huwe said.
The sign tells drivers about repairs to West 12th Street beginning next year.
"And of course 12th Street carries, it's one of the busiest roads we have in the city, so it's going to affect drivers, so we're trying to give people a heads up right now," Huwe said.
But some drivers think the city might be getting too far ahead of the game. In the weeks and months ahead, the signs will blend into the background and drivers won't pay attention to them.
"Usually, they're only a month or two ahead of time, which gives people more time to be ready for it because they're actually thinking about it still. Four, five or six months ahead of time, people are going to forget about it. It's a waste of time and energy this early to do it," Barngrover said.
But the City says this is the time of year when drivers really notice the rough roads. So signs posted along the curbs offer assurances that conditions will get better.
"It lets them know that smoother roads are coming and pretty soon I won't have to drive through the potholes," Huwe said.
The signs posted on West 41st and at 10th and Sycamore have been up for more than a year.