Eastside Homeowners Have Mixed Views About Arrowhead Parkway Construction

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A major road expansion project will soon begin on the east side of Sioux Falls.

Traffic cones line the road, and signs are warning drivers. Crews will soon begin laying asphalt on East Arrowhead Parkway.

Starting tomorrow, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction west of State Highway 11. Gwendolyn Greenwell- Olsen is less than thrilled.

“That’s going to take time out for working, you know going to work, access to other things that could be quicker and faster to get to because of traffic build up,” Gwendolyn Greenwell-Olsen said.

Greenwell-Olsen doesn’t live far from the busy street. She’s concerned that traffic build up could spill over into her neighborhood.

“It’s not safe for the kids that live on this block. We do have speeders that come up and down the street so it’s just going to be a bad ordeal,” Olsen said.  

Officials say they’ll widen the road to six lanes, with three going in each direction. Homeowner Wayne Stearns is looking forward to it.

“Obviously with construction and problems with traffic, they’re to be expected. But at least the east side is finally being recognized as existing,” Stearns said.

The east side of town was nothing but corn fields when he moved here 16 years ago. Now, he’s hoping to see more development.

“It will help speed up traffic flow, get people a little quicker where they need to go, and make it possible for more development a little further southeast and east,” Stearns said.

The city hopes to upgrade street light and traffic signals in the area as well. Construction will begin shortly after the morning rush tomorrow.


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