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Cliff Avenue construction project reduces lanes at 60th

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Sioux Falls is moving onto the next phase of construction on the Cliff Avenue reconstruction project.  It's widening the intersection of Cliff and 60th to make traffic flow a little better.

But before it get's better, it's going to get worse.

The city is reducing traffic at Cliff and 60th to one lane in each direction.

KSFY News spoke with a woman who knows what it's like to drive through this busy intersection everyday.

Sally Kick lives near the intersection of Cliff and 60th street and she's knows how bad traffic can get.

"Trying to take this route everyday is, during the rush hours is pretty much impossible. All I can do is try to avoid it. but this is my gas station and I've been coming here over fifteen years," Kick said.

Kick said the construction is not only frustrating but confusing.

"It can make you late for work, it can make you late for school. it is very dangerous because people don't know what to expect. it's been changing up so much that it's hard to follow what's going on with it," Kick said.

Kick said the traffic that comes with the construction project is almost a necessary evil.

"You have to bear with it. the roads have been pretty bad up here so they have to fix it. I'm not sure if this was the right way to make it so you can't get through but that's what they did so that's what we live with," Kick said.

There is some good news though,  the city says the Cliff reconstruction project is about sixty percent done, and it's on schedule.

The city will start paving in October and expects all lanes to be completed and re-opened by the end of November.

To avoid traffic delays, the city has recommended a few alternate routes to help ease your commute.

First,  if you do take Cliff avenue, be aware there are no left turns allowed from Cliff onto 60th.

If you're coming from north of Cliff, the city advises you to use I-29 and exit 60th Street North to access the northern industrial area from the west.

Or you can take I-229 and exit Benson Road to go east.

And if you're coming from the south, turn on Benson Road and access the north by taking 4th Avenue or Lewis Avenue.

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