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Sioux Falls business owner feels the pinch of Russell Street construction projects

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Sewage construction for the Denny Sanford Premier Center will close down east and west bound traffic on Russell Street for the next two weeks.   

Traffic won't be the only thing affected—business owners in the area are already feeling the pinch of construction closures.  

Eric Sundermann, the owner and operator of Tazito Burrito on Russell Street near West Avenue, opened his doors just four months ago. But shortly after opening, construction projects started popping up all around Sundermann's shop. 

"We slowed down a little bit but we've got a lot of fans that have been coming to us even with the construction," Sundermann said.  

To combat the heavy traffic, Sundermann started making food deliveries to help customers who had trouble getting into the restaurant.  

It's a service that will be even more important over the next two weeks when east and west bound lanes of Russell Street will be shut down.   

Starting this Sunday, October 14-Friday, October 19, westbound traffic on Russell Street between West Avenue and Western Avenue will be detoured to the service road North of Russell Street. 

The following week, Sunday, October 21-Friday, October 26, eastbound lanes will be closed with a detour south on Western Avenue, east on Madison Street and back North on West Avenue to Russell Street.  

Sundermann said the city has been extremely considerate to businesses in the area, making sure there is always access to each business on the street.  However, he said he wished it go a little quicker.  

"I think they maybe could have planned a little better and done it all at once instead of stretching it out for a three month process," Sundermann said.  

This month's closures are just the beginning.  Starting next Spring, the city will begin a two year construction project, increasing the same area of Russell Street to three lanes on both sides of traffic.

Brad Ludens, the Principle Construction Engineer with Public Works, said traffic will be fully maintained in both directions throughout almost the entire two year project.   

Sundermann knows next year's project will be another inconvenience, but he hopes it will be well worth it in the long run. 

"I think the end game results are going to be better than the short term effects.  The three of four year project of the events center is for sure going to help the town more than the hindrance of a little road work for two weeks," said Sundermann.

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