Construction on flagship street project in Sioux Falls begins Monday

Published: Mar. 22, 2019 at 4:25 PM CDT
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The reconstruction of 26th Street and Southeastern Avenue in Sioux Falls will begin Monday, impacting traffic. The project also includes Exit 5 on I-229.

There are multiple phases of it over the next two years. Starting Monday, traffic on 26th Street will be down to one lane in each direction. In the first phase, Yeager Road and Southeastern Avenue will remain open. No left turns will be allowed onto the northbound on-ramp and off of the northbound off-ramp.

Eventually, 26th Street will be raised, then widened with additional lanes and turn lanes at Southeastern Avenue. A new bridge will be constructed over the BNSF Railroad tracks as well.

“This project has been a priority for some time, and we are excited to improve this vital east-west corridor in our city. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to complete this project as soon as possible,” says Joshua Peterson, Principal Engineer, Project and Construction, Public Works Engineering Division.

Drivers are being encouraged to use an alternate route during construction, like 10th Street, 57th Street, Cliff Avenue, and Sycamore Avenue.

The $37.3-million-project is scheduled to be reopened to traffic by late fall of 2020. Restoration work adjacent to the roadway will be completed in the spring of 2021.

The prime contractor is D&G Concrete Construction of Sioux Falls.