Sioux Falls road system ranked above national average

Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 10:12 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The city of Sioux Falls continues to invest in its street system, with several major projects still under construction this year.

In Tuesday afternoon’s Sioux Falls City Council Informational Meeting, the council was given a third-party report of how the quality of Sioux Falls’ roadways stacks up nationwide, receiving a score of 70 out of 100, which is above the national average.

Believe it or not, Sioux Falls’ roadway network is its largest asset, valued at just over one billion dollars. So keeping it in good condition is one of the city’s highest priorities.

“Once you get behind in streets, it’s really hard to catch up,” Sioux Falls Director of Public Works Mark Cotter said.

The city’s Pavement Condition Index of 70 is above the national average, which is a rating between 60 and 65.

“What that means is that we’re targeting the right treatments,” Cotter said. “For example, we can do a slurry seal for $3,000 a block, if we have to go in and do a reconstruction of just one block, that’s about $100,000.”

Infrastructure Management Services, who conducted the survey, focuses on a variety of factors when evaluating the city’s streets. Some of the key areas include roughness, cracking, potholes, and divided slabs.

According to IMS, an above-average 15% of the city’s roads were rated excellent, while under 5% were rated poor, creating a manageable backlog of 4.1%.

“You would have thought with the last couple years as bad as they were, with water and freeze/thaw, that we (Sioux Falls roads) could have deteriorated,” Sioux Falls City Councilor Greg Neitzert said. “So, the fact that we’re maintaining says that we’re doing the right things, we’re addressing the correct roads, and we’re keeping up with it.”

Tuesday the city released its new “Street Cred” campaign, which focuses on healthy roads, and aims to keep the citizens informed on all the city’s current, and newest, street projects. Residents also can submit non-emergency street maintenance requests through the One Sioux Fall app.

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