East Rice Street to reopen Wednesday afternoon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. East Rice Street will reopen between Cleveland Avenue and Timberline Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Construction on the railroad crossing near Great Bear has been completed.

“Thank you to all of the commuters for their patience, as we know the closure of this road was certainly not convenient. We, too, are extremely glad to have the road reopened and traffic back to normal in the northeast part of Sioux Falls,” Chad Huwe, city engineer, said.

On Nov. 18 the Ellis & Eastern Company was switching cars into the Rail to Road Transloading facility on Rice Street and, as they passed through the Rice Street crossing, three cars derailed.

The derailment caused damage to the Rice Street road that made it impassable to the traveling public. Construction included welding new rail joints in the crossing, placement of concrete crossing panels, and asphalt paving.