While the city of Sioux Falls works to finish several big projects before winter, it's also looking decades into the future. One of those long-term projects is the Interstate 229 corridor.
The aim is to keep us all moving smoothly. Folks tell KSFY rush hour is one of the biggest problems. They're not sure exactly how they would fix the issue, but are glad the city is listening.
In 2010 anywhere from 13,000 to 43,000 drivers per day traveled along the 10.5 mile stretch of i-229 that is being studied. And today those numbers are even higher.
"229 is an old corridor, you have shorter ramps, you have backup of traffic that's been indicated, so you have people backing up and trying and trying to get on shoulders of roads which causes reactions by people," said Capt. Kevin Joffer, South Dakota Highway Patrol.
Ty Goodwill lives near the 10th Street exit. He says things really get congested once work lets out.
"Rush-hour is pretty complicated for ins and outs, coming off of 229 aint so bad, but as soon as you want to exit off of 229, that's where your problems occur on the 5 o'clock rush hour," said Goodwill.
These scenarios are exactly what the study team want to hear about.
"As the drivers of the roadway, the public, they're the ones to really see those issues that are happening, day-to-day concerns that they come up with or they see from safety standpoint, from a delay standpoint, where they're frustrated with the current level of service," said Craig Smith, South Dakota Department of Transportation.
"The 229 exit definitely on Cliff Avenue, I always go out that way a lot and I end up getting backed up at 5 o'clock there and exit 26 kind of gets backed up a little bit.
Information like this will be fed into computers to make predictions about the future.
"It allow us to look at how traffic interacts in our peak hours, if they're driving on 10th and they encounter a delay, are they going to stay there and wait through a signal or are they going to make a diversion route?" asks Jason Kjenstad, HDR Engineering, Inc.
The ultimate goal is a safer and more efficient interstate system.
You can voice your opinions about the I-229 corridor study project at the Sioux Falls Convention Center next Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30 PM. The city encourages the public to attend.
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