8th Street Railroad construction project prepares Downtown Sioux Falls for next year

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:21 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Another construction project began on 8th Street on Monday, and the hope is that it will help traffic flow next year.

“Next year we’re scheduled to replace the 6th Street Bridge, so we’re going to have a lot of detour traffic using 8th Street. So we thought now would be a good opportunity,” Troy Miller said, a City of Sioux Falls traffic engineer.

This project comes after last year the 8th street bridge construction impacted businesses in that area.

“A lot of our regulars learned the secret ways around town. Yeah, it was a little frustrating for a little bit, but not too crazy,” Kelby Beste said, the Monk’s Ale House taproom manager.

The goal of this project was to limit the impact on businesses, which is why the duration of it was shortened, but from June 21st to June 25th some drivers will still have to take a detour.

“You can still access all these businesses here on 8th Street from the west. If you want to access from the east you’ll have to take a detour either using Weber Avenue and 6th Street or Reid Street,” Miller said.

The businesses in the area understand the importance of projects like these.

“In the Midwest either you have snow or construction. It’s just one week, it’s not that long so we would really like to say thank you to the city and the mayor,” Issa Jilaow said, the Co-owner of Tawakal.

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