The harsh winter and high groundwater levels from record rainfalls have put additional pressure on the Sioux Falls street network. Spring pothole season has proven challenging for both drivers and maintenance crews, but it won't be long until orange cones return to usher in the 2019 construction season.
Construction projects are scheduled based on maximizing the life cycle of not only individual street segments, but the street system as a whole. Factors involved in prioritization include: pavement condition, traffic volume, input from citizens and elected officials, safety, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramp and sidewalk needs, utility construction needs and adjacent development or redevelopment.
The City's pavement management system is an essential tool in project selection. Along with the factors above, pavement system analysis helps select the optimum combination of investments in streets to maximize network condition with available funding. In 2019, the City is partnering with Infrastructure Management Services to complete a citywide pavement survey. Last completed in 2015, the semi-automated survey provides data to make informed investments on the City street network.
Some of the key street improvements drivers will see this summer include:
11th Street from Main Avenue to Phillips Avenue
This project consists of upgrades to the sidewalk and accessible curb ramps and the installation of new trees. During construction, the sidewalks and some parking spots will be closed. The anticipated completion date is Nov. 1, 2019.
Main Avenue Road Diet
This project consists of streetscape and pedestrian improvements between 6th Street and 8th Street and intersection improvements at 13th Street. Main Avenue will remain open during construction, but 13th Street will be closed. The anticipated completion date is August of 2019.
6th Street from Weber Avenue to Cliff Avenue
This project consists of concrete, utility, accessible curb ramp and street surface improvements. During construction, 6th Street will be closed and traffic will be detoured to 8th Street. The project will begin after Memorial Day and is expected to be complete by Aug. 9, 2019.
Veterans Parkway from Rice Street to I-90
This is a multi-year South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) project to expand the transportation network in northeast Sioux Falls. The project consists of the construction of a four-lane regional arterial street with five bridges and a new interchange at I-90. The anticipated completion date is spring of 2021.
26th Street, Southeastern Avenue and I-229
This two-year joint project between the DOT and the City will greatly improve traffic flow and safety in southeast Sioux Falls. The project consists of the expansion of 26th Street to three lanes in each direction with turn lanes and sidewalks, a new bridge over the railroad tracks and river, and the realignment of Yeager Road. In 2019, a lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on 26th Street, but the connection to Southeastern Avenue, south of 26th Street will be impacted. Northbound traffic on Southeastern Avenue will not have access to 26th Street and east/west traffic on 26th Street will not have access to southbound Southeastern Avenue. Similar restrictions will occur on the north side of 26th Street in 2020. The anticipated completion date is July of 2021.
Southeastern Avenue from 26th Street to 49th Street
Since traffic on Southeastern Avenue will be reduced due to the above-mentioned project, the City will use this opportunity to complete improvements on this arterial corridor. This project consists of concrete, utility, accessible curb ramp and street surface improvements. Traffic will be maintained during the majority of construction with lane closures and the estimated completion date is November of 2019.
Highway 115 (Minnesota Avenue) from 85th Street to 273rd Street
This is a two-year DOT project to add capacity, improve safety and reduce delay on this connection between Sioux Falls and Harrisburg. This project consists of the expansion of a two-lane road into a four-lane street with a median, street lights, traffic signals and a shared use path on the east side of Highway 115. The project will be constructed in phases and each phase will be closed to through traffic. The work is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020.
41st Street and Western Avenue Intersection
This project consists of new concrete surfacing and adding turn lanes to improve traffic flow and safety and reduce driver delay. The intersection will remain open to traffic during construction with the exception of a short closure of the north leg. Construction is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2019.
41st Street from Kiwanis Avenue to Western Avenue
This project consists of concrete, utility, accessible curb ramp and street surface improvements and will be constructed under traffic. The anticipated completion date is September of 2019.
69th Street from Louise Avenue to the west
This project consists of the expansion of a two-lane road into a four-lane street with a median, street lights and traffic signals. The project will be constructed under traffic and work is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2019.
57th Street and Solberg Avenue Intersection
This project consists of adding turn lanes to improve traffic flow and safety and reduce driver delay. Traffic will be maintained during the majority of construction with lane closures. The work is anticipated to be complete by August of 2019.
Ellis Road from 12th Street to 41st Street
This project consists of the expansion of a two-lane road into a four-lane street with a median, street lights, traffic signals and an eight-foot wide shared use path on each side of Ellis Road. In 2019, work south of 26th Street will be completed under traffic with lane closures. Ellis Road, north of 26th Street, will be closed to traffic. The work is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2019.
Minnesota Avenue from 18th Street to Russell Street
Segments of Minnesota Avenue are programmed for reconstruction in 2020 and 2021. However, in 2019, portions of this busy arterial street will see accessible curb ramp and street surface improvements to improve the ride. This work will be completed using lane closures and will be constructed in 3-4 block segments, which will minimize the effect on traffic.