You have likely seen the construction site on Interstate 229....just east of Interstate 29.
That construction site is the result of years of planning and when it's done, it will be something that area of town sorely needs
It's an overpass that will go over I-229....connecting Solberg Avenue from 57th to 69th street.
And we found out, this piece is just part of a larger puzzle.
The intersection of 57th and Louise....if it seems like there are always a bunch of cars there....you'd be right.
"The problem we're running into is that the traffic on 57th Street and on Louise Avenue is starting to reach it's maximum capacity." Mike Cooper is Sioux Falls' director of planning and building services and he has the numbers to back up the growing back ups.....at 57th. "Right now we're handling about probably about 35,000 vehicles a day on Louise Avenue and it's difficult to get in and out of there."
It's also touch for the commercial business south of 57th and Solberg....where there are limited ways to get in and out....all of them from the north.
When this overpass is done, it will provide an entry way from the south and hopefully ease traffic congestion.
"This is a congested area situation but it's also good for business just because there is so much traffic and so much small business around...." Reid Hans manages Sioux Empire Fitness and says easing some of that congestion and making it easier to get around this part of town will hopefully draw more people in.
Mike Cooper says more people will be drawn in...he expects more development as traffic conditions here improve. "That southwest area of Sioux Falls is becoming more and more of a regional employment center."
And Mike Cooper tells me once this overpass is complete, he expects to see development happen in the area south of 69th Street.