If you live in Eastern Sioux Falls, you might have to allow yourself more time to get to work.
Crews have started work on Arrowhead Parkway. They’re widening the road, and adding a median and turn lanes.
However, that construction pain may have a huge economic payoff for nearby businesses when it’s done.
Mainstream Boutique in Eastern Sioux Falls just got in new spring clothes, but ever since road construction started nearby, it hasn’t been springing with business.
“After they really started cutting down the roads, people have slowly stopped coming,” Store Manager Shelbie Walker said.
That construction along Arrowhead Parkway could ultimately give the green light to more customers and development in the area.
The city is gearing up for the amount of traffic here to double over the next 20 years.
One of the reasons why is the new Highway 100 passes through this part of town, and it will connect to the interstate next year.
“Which is really exciting. The east side has always serviced southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, but this really provides a faster, easier connection,” Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for Lloyd Companies Raquel Blount said.
Blount says retailers are very interested in this area because of the future interstate access.
“The Dawley Farm area is to be the mirror image of the Empire Mall on the west side,” Blount said.
Blount says you can expect to hear about a couple more businesses coming here soon.
“It’s definitely a development that’s in high demand, and we look forward to that connection to I-90 being made, so we can continue building that out,” Vice President of Development for Lloyd Companies Erica Beck said.
Building that current businesses also believe will drive more traffic to their stores.
“Which will get a lot of our out-of-town people coming into the store, rather than online shopping,” Walker said.
The city says Arrowhead Parkway is expected to be completely open by late fall.