SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)– As the snow and ice make way for spring, another annual passage is here in KELOLAND: construction season and its familiar orange cones. One spot getting revamped is the area where 26th Street, Southeastern Avenue and Interstate 229 intersect and come close to each other in east Sioux Falls.
We’re getting a better picture of four different closures in this area. Two are temporary, both set to happen this week on 26th Street. Two other closures will be longer-term. One is Yeager Road; City of Sioux Falls engineer Joshua Peterson says that closed on Monday along with southbound ramps. Also, Southeastern Avenue is going to close from 26th Street to Klondike Trail.
This week’s temporary closures on 26th Street are set for Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday will see another closure, too.
“We’ll also be closing Southeastern Avenue at that time,” Peterson said. “The south leg of the intersection there, of Southeastern Avenue, from 26th Street down to Klondike Trail, that’s going to be closed. And that’s going to be a long-term closure throughout the construction season.”
On Monday KELOLAND News spoke with two people who live in the area about the construction.
“Well it’s going to be nice, but for the time being it’s going to be a hassle a little bit for going to and from work or whatever,” said Dick Frerichs of Sioux Falls, who lives on Klondike Trail.
“There’s times when you can see it backed up four or five blocks to the south, well now people must be taking alternate routes already because I mentioned to my wife this morning, now there’s very few cars out here when I go to work,” said Lyle Bamsey of Sioux Falls, who also lives on Klondike Trail.
“At the end of this week, this is going to be what the majority of the construction season is going to look like for 2019, where traffic is pushed to that north side of 26th Street, with one lane each direction, and Southeastern closed to the south,” Peterson said.