Before talking about the status of current ongoing projects there are a few other projects that will just be getting started on Wednesday.
Starting Wednesday, September 19th, West Maple Street, approximately 900' west of Marion Road, will be closed to all traffic as construction crews begin bridge replacement work. The intersections of Marion Road and La Mesa Drive will remain open. Traffic will be detoured along Marion Road, 60th Street North and Tea/Ellis Road. Maple Street is scheduled to be open to traffic by mid-October.
On Tuesday street improvements began at the BNSF railroad crossings on 14th Street between 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue. During the operation, lanes will be closed where repairs are being made. Traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times but there could be some delays. The good news is this project should be done by Thursday.
There is probably at least one construction project that's been going on all Summer that you can't wait to be finished. The good news is the City says most projects are on schedule and many will be done within the next month.
The work on Marion Road between Berkshire Boulevard and 39th Street has caused a lot of congestion for people leaving in the area and for those who use the Hy-Vee right in the middle of the construction zone. The latest from the project is that work continues on the east side of the street. Paving may begin later this week or next week. The city says the project is on schedule and it will be completed in early November.
Paving is now complete on the Cliff Avenue project from 49th Street to Libby Lane. The contractor is working on lighting, topsoil behind the curbs, and striping. This project is on schedule and will be completed in late October.
8th Street is open to one lane of traffic in each direction between Minnesota Avenue and Main Avenue. Landscaping work on 8th Street will last into October due to material supplier issues. Work also continues in the alley behind City Hall. That project is on schedule to be complete in early November.
Work also continues on Louise Avenue between 85th Street and 95th Street. Main line paving will occur this week north of 90th Street, and next week south of 90th Street. This project is on schedule and will be open to traffic in November, with a final project completion set for May of 2013.
Work continues on 14th Street between Phillips Avenue and Minnesota Avenue. The contractor is currently working on finishing up the paving work on the north side of the street. Work has slowed, but the project is still on schedule to be complete in late November.
Major work continues on Cliff Avenue between Benson Road and 60th Street North. Work is in progress in the intersection of 60th Street North and Cliff Avenue, and on the entire east side of the street. Paving on the east side of the street between Benson Road and 52nd Street North was done on Saturday, with more paving scheduled for later this week. The project is on schedule - to be fully open to traffic in late November, with final project completion set for July of 2013.
If you use the interstates in Sioux Falls then you've probably been dealing with some slow traffic from time to time. The SD DOT says they have recently started a project to place an asphalt overlay on I-29 through the I-229 interchange to maintain the driving surface. The limits of the project are from 57th St. to the newer pavement at the Tea interchange. Officials say this overlay will help extend the life of the section until it can be completely rebuilt in 2015. They are currently working in the southbound lanes of I-29. The contractor is restricted from setting up lane closures on the interstate during the morning and afternoon peak times which are considered to be 6:00AM to 9:00AM and 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Outside of the peak times, when a lane closure is being used to complete the work, traffic will slow through the work zone and cause occasional back-ups. Officials say they have noticed those primarily around the noon hour. Also keep in mind if you want to exit in this area to get on NB I-229 you need to be in the right lane prior to entering the construction zone as the tubular markers will prohibit a lane change at the ramp. The overall completion date for the project is October 19th.
Some good news the SD DOT says the work on the sound barriers is substantially complete. The contractor still has some minor work to do on the project such as placing topsoil, erosion control blanket, seeding, mulching, general cleanup and a few other miscellaneous items.
Another interstate project in our area is on I-90 through the I-229 interchange. The project limits are from east of the Cliff Ave. interchange to Slip Up Creek. All concrete paving is done and the NB I-229 ramp to EB I-90 is expected to be opened by the end of this week which is about 5 days ahead of schedule. The work remaining on the project consists of sealing joints, permanent signing, striping and erosion control. The contract completion date for this project is September 28th and the contractor expects to be done by early in the week of September 24th.
We also had a project on I-229 where the contractor placed epoxy chips seals on bridge decks. The work on I-229 itself is complete with the exception of some clean-up work. Work continues on the Louise bridge over I-229 and work still remains on the 10th St. bridge over I-229. The overall completion date for this project is October 26th.
The last project involving the interstate system in our area is a pavement repair project on the I-229 ramps. The contractor is currently working on the northbound on-ramp at Benson Road and the northbound on and southbound off-ramp at Rice St. This project will involve pavement repairs at all interchange ramps on I-229 (26th St., Minnesota, Western, Louise)The completion date for this project is November 1st.