A sudden downpour woke up a lot of people in Sioux Falls Monday morning. The rain came down so hard it filled up a Minnesota Avenue construction zone. Drivers tell us it even knocked cones out of place.
Crews on Minnesota Avenue had to momentarily stop road work to drain the construction site because of Monday morning’s heavy rainfall. However, the City of Sioux Falls says this is a common thing at many road construction sites.
“When you cut out that pavement, you basically create little low spots that won’t drain naturally. After every rainfall, we do have to pump those areas out,” Joshua Peterson said.
City Principal Engineer Joshua Peterson says before construction can continue, crews have to drain the water first.
“They’ll have to stop the areas that have they cut out, get those dried out before they can proceed with it. We want a nice, firm, solid base before we put new concrete down,” Peterson said.
He says the water is filtered before being drained into weather sewers.
“It’s very important with all of our projects, we want to protect the water quality of the Sioux Falls Area. We want to make sure we’re getting that silt out so it’s not eventually getting into the Big Sioux River,” Peterson said.
Peterson says the recent rain shouldn’t affect long-term construction.
“We’re still on track with this one. The contractor has been working pretty hard to keep up even with the rainfall we’ve been having,” Peterson said.
Which is good news for drivers and nearby businesses.
“Quickly as possible. It kind of sucks sitting in traffic and waiting in line,” Ruth Robinson said.
The city says the construction should be completed by the end of August.