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New SF Walmart development prompts traffic study

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The recent announcement of two new Sioux Falls Walmart stores has prompted many opinions.

While some are anticipating more convenience, others aren't happy about bright lights and lower property values.

Thursday night, Walmart store representatives and city leaders held an open house for the public to learn more about the stores and plans for new development. People had their chance to ask questions regarding one of the biggest concerns: more traffic.

The city is building an I-229 overpass called the 'Solberg Crossing' to ease congestion at intersections like 57th and Louise.

For a development as big as Walmart on the south side of town, the projected increase in traffic would be hard to ignore. Like traffic a long Minnesota at 57th and 69th Streets.

Public Works director Mark Cotter said a 'Traffic Impact Study' will help focus in on what needs to be done, asking the most important questions:

"What are the traffic projections? How does the intersection function if we do nothing and how will it function if we add the recommended improvements? Those are the strategies we'll look for," Mark Cotter said.

An example of a recommended improvement would be a right-hand turn lane.

"You'll see roads like Minnesota and 85th Street with access management controlled so we can get vehicles in and out safely," Cotter said.

The news of two new Walmart stores may have come as a shock to a lot of us. But for city leaders, it's no surprise as Sioux Falls matures.

"It wasn't too long ago when 69th Street was the limit of the city now it's 85th Street, and it's growing. The entire region is growing and ultimately, land is changing to a much higher maturity and it's going to be something we will see for years go come," Cotter said.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding traffic around areas for Walmart development, call the city's Public Works department at 605-367-8600.

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