If you drive at all on the east side of Sioux Falls, you’ve probably seen the construction on 26th and Southeastern.
However, Sioux Falls city engineers say drivers should expect some major roads to close starting next week.
“Starting Monday, Yeager Road is closed and no access to 229 from 26th street. Westbound they’re will be a couple hours of closure on 26th Street on Tuesday. Full closure on Thursday for most of the day and then Friday Southeastern closes south of 26th Street,” city engineer Chad Huwe said.
City engineer Chad Huwe says along with those changes, speed signs have also been added to I-229.
“We want everybody to be safe. Not only just the construction workers. It’s the people delivering materials, plus the people on the Interstate,” Huwe said.
Cliff Avenue Greenhouse is located in the middle of the construction and owners say they’re feeling the effects.
“It’s rather confusing I guess. We do get a lot of phone calls saying, hey are you guys open and can we get to you, and the answer is yes, we are open. 26th Street is open from the east and the west,” co-owner Heath Zeigler said.
Despite this, Zeigler says the city and South Dakota Department of Transportation have been good at communicating about the road construction.
“They’ve been real good working with us and if we’ve had problems with them, we call them and the problems seem to get resolved right away,” Zeigler said.
Both Zeigler and Huwe say this road construction is needed.
“The traffic gets real bad especially at 5 o’clock when they send a train through and the traffic gets back upped to the Interstate. It’s something that needs to be done,” Zeigler said.
“We can get through this everybody safe and sound,” Huwe said.
Huwe urges people to start finding alternate routes now. But if you have to drive through the construction, please slow down and use caution.