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Sioux Falls drivers suggest I-229/26th Street improvements

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The city of Sioux Falls will be launching a new project to improve your commute on 26th Street near I-229. They need your help to tackle it.

People we met out that way say they know what it's like to drive through the area.

"The ramps get backed up during rush hour. We try and avoid it when I've got to travel in the mornings and afternoons, I know how long we'll be sitting in traffic here," Dave Moss said.

Speaking of traffic, some say there should be more lanes and less stop lights.

"The roads are bumper to bumper, accidents happen, people are commuting to work and it's frustrating for them," Paul Blide said.

One other thing, they want to see a bridge over the railroad tracks to minimize the whistling each morning.

"The trains come through and they're long, traffic is backed up again. It's frustrating getting out of here," Blide said.

That's why Sioux Falls is doing something about it. Public Works Director Mark Cotter says the corridor is made up of a big area between Cliff Avenue and Cleveland Avenue.

In it is everything from residential streets, businesses, railroads and bike trails - giving the project team members plenty to work with.

"When you have that many factors in this urbanized area, it's going to take a major study to look at each element and come up with a build-able solution that can meet the project goal of minimizing people's delay through the corridor and making it safer," Mark Cotter said.

The city would like your participation by taking a 20-question "Travel Survey" on their user-friendly website.

Here's the link, for more information: 

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