SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — If your daily commute includes Minnesota Avenue or Russell Street you might want to find a different route Thursday morning.
Crews will be moving two houses starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. It will start on 33rd Street near Lake Avenue and travel north on Minnesota Avenue until Russell Street when they will turn and head west. The final destination will be on Marion Road near Benson Road.
KELOLAND’s Max Hofer took video of the house starting the move Thursday morning.
Sioux Falls Police Department spokesman Sam Clemens said if people can avoid travel on Minnesota Avenue or Russell Street, they should. Police say the move will take most of the day.
“There’s going to be a big house that’s going to impact a lot of traffic,” Clemens said. “I think morning rush hour is probably going to be the biggest impact on Minnesota Avenue so that’s why we’re trying to let people know.”
Along with traffic delays Thursday, 33rd Street between Lake and Covell will be closed Wednesday as crews start to move the house into the street.
Wednesday, the two houses were preparing for travel. On March 5, 2020, the houses will make a six and a half mile journey to its new location.
Allen Hof is the manager for Telkamp House Moving Inc. He says what would normally take about 15 minutes, will take a lot longer.
“Eight to ten hours to get from point A to point B, it’s a pretty slow process. There’s a lot of stuff in the way with these particular buildings. They’re so big and wide. These are not what you’d call real friendly to move. They’re kind of big and boxy,” Hof said.
According to Hof, Sioux Falls Police Department, the City of Sioux Falls, multiple power providers and Telkamp House Moving Inc. all work together to make these houses moving a success. But there’s another organization involved.
“We’re moving these for Southeast Development Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization which provides affordable housing for people here in Sioux Falls,” Hof said.