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41st Street road project in Sioux Falls starts Monday

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As we head into the fall season another big construction project is ready to start in Sioux Falls.

And it's likely to affect your commute to work or school next week.

Crews will begin work on 41st Street from Minnesota to Grange Avenues.

And once that's finished the project will stretch west.

So if you take this road like so many of us do you might want to find another route.

Dale Smith stopped at a store on 41st Street Friday, a road he doesn't travel on often.

"We normally avoid 41st, go down I-229 to which ever cut off street and come across," Smith said.

He tries to stay away because he says there are just too many cars.

"Well normally if you want to make a left hand turn or something along in between the lights it's hard to get across," Smith said.

But for those drivers who use this road every day changes are coming starting after rush hour Monday.

One of the things crews will be doing is adding two inches of asphalt which will extend the life of the pavement but that means lanes will be closed.

And it all starts with the westbound lanes on 41st Street from Minnesota to Grange Avenues.

Sioux Falls chief engineer Chad Huwe talked to us about the project which he says couldn't wait until next year.

"We felt with the traffic it sees every day and deteriorating over this road in the last three to four years, we felt it's something we had to do," Huwe said.

And do soon before winter rolls in. But when it's all done in a few months crews know your ride will be much smoother.

"It definitely needs to be fixed because there are a lot of little holes along there and it will only gets worse," Smith said.

This project is expected to last until the end of October but that all depends on the weather. So it could stretch into the first or second week in November.

Here are the open and closed intersections:

Traffic will be maintained in one lane in each direction on the eastbound lanes. The north leg of the intersections at Walts Avenue, Prairie Avenue, Summit Avenue, and Duluth Avenue will be closed. The intersections at Grange Avenue, Norton Avenue, and Western Avenue will remain open.

This closure is the first phase of the 41st Street Overlay Project from Western Avenue to Minnesota Avenue. Work includes spot repairs of the existing concrete pavement, an asphalt overlay of the roadway, and adjusting manholes and water valves to the new pavement surface.

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