As we all know, summertime means construction season in KELOLAND, and downtown Sioux Falls is no exception. Part of 2nd Avenue is blocked off, but Galynn Huber, street manager with the City of Sioux Falls, says that come Wednesday, 11th through 14th Streets on 2nd Avenue will be open. Mark Cotter, director of public works with the City of Sioux Falls, says the goal for the completion of construction on North Phillips Avenue downtown is the end of next week.
KELOLAND News talked to drivers to see what they think about the construction in the downtown area. Cameron Brooks lives and drives here. He has a unique perspective on all the construction in the area.
“I’ve noticed an increase, certainly over the summer,” Brooks said. “It can get annoying at times, but I think overall I see it as a good sign that things are growing, and that downtown’s developing, and that’s what I want.”
Toni Schafer says she’s ready for the maze of road work to be done.
“We have trains blocking Weber, we come over to try and go up Phillips to get to Falls Park, and you can’t get through on Phillips, so we have to go all the way around to Main, go up through the courthouse circle,” Schafer said.
Brooks also says he’s looking forward to when all the orange cones go away.
“It’s always better when it’s not around, of course, but I see it as a good sign,” Brooks said.
And, after all, the construction could be worse. KELOLAND News asked Rick Brus from Montreal, Canada if he thinks it looks like construction is a problem in downtown Sioux Falls.
“Not at all. I wish we had this,” Brus said.
For a look at the construction in Sioux Falls click here.