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Three Major Road Projects Starting Monday

April 11, 2014, 5:01 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Three Major Road Projects Starting Monday
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

You may want to set your alarm 15-minutes earlier on Monday morning.

Barricades are going up on three of the busiest streets in Sioux Falls, including West 12th Street, Russell Avenue and East 10th Street.

The intersection at 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue will be reconstructed to help make traffic run more smoothly.

During a news conference today, Sioux Falls engineers said once all of the detours and cones are down, changes here could reduce delays by 36-percent.

"This Monday, April 14 the road construction projects in the city of Sioux Falls are going to kick into high gear," Chad Huwe City Engineer said. 

Three major projects begin next week. The intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue will be expanded, adding right turn lanes and two left turn lanes. The work will cause some temporary traffic issues in the area.

Across town, West 12th Street will also see some traffic delays starting next week, as crews begin concrete repair work.

"Traffic will be reduced down to one lane in the eastbound direction. With two lanes being open during the morning rush hour," Principal Engineer Brad Ludens said. 

The project will stretch from Carolyn Avenue to Kiwanis. City engineers hope to have this project complete by mid-August.

The third project to begin next week is on Russell Street. Improvements will be made from Westport Avenue to Minnesota. While lanes and businesses will be open, it will still take some time to maneuver some areas, including the intersection of Russell Street and Kiwanis.

"The intersection will be closed for roughly 45 days, while the utility work and reconstruction of the intersection will take place," Dena Knutson Civil Engineer said. 

With so much work on some of the city's busiest streets, engineers want drivers to start planning ahead for the longer commute.

"When you get to the construction zone, please slow down. They're out there doing their work and we gotta be safe. And if you can take an alternative route, please do that," Huwe said.

The city hopes to have work here at the 10th Street and Sycamore intersection completed by October 3 of this year.

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