Flashback Friday: Road construction pains in 1985


Now that the weather’s getting warmer, you’ve probably noticed road construction projects are starting to pop up.

And while road construction can be a pain, it’s nothing new. In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at how people were dealing with road work in 1985.

It’s called a traffic jam, a bonafide bumble of vehicles with nowhere to turn, and apparently nowhere to go.
It’s a rare sight for Sioux Falls, but this year’s bout of street repair seems to have caught every driver in the middle.
“Any time you have construction of the magnitude that we’ve got, you’re going to have inconveniences.
We just can’t get around that. We do the best we can but when you’re completely rebuilding a street you’ve got no other choice but to close it off.”
Not only has this roadway face lift caused a headache for city residents, but those who absolutely must get through have also been trapped in the web.
“If an emergency situation is right within an area with a traffic jam, of course we have the problem just like the public of trying to get through.
We try to control these situations by having officers at intersections where they really backup.”
City officials say this travelers puzzle will all fit back together again in a few months.
Look at the bright side, that’s only 120 more days of this.

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