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Wild Water West management hopes road construction detours don't deter guests from making a splash

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Wild Water West opens for the season a week from today, but visitors who take 41st Street to get there will run into road work.

If you're headed there this summer, you might need to take an alternate route.

There's nothing worse when you're taking a road less traveled and you stumble upon a construction detour, like the one at 41st Street and Sertoma Avenue.

The people down the road at Wild Water West hope a detour doesn't deter guests from coming out to make a splash this summer.

There's a lot of activity going on at Wild Water West as it prepares to open for the season, but the construction outside the park is a bigger concern for management.

Wild Water West marketing manager Emily McNamara said "with 41st and Sertoma being the main intersection that we lead people out to, we just have to make sure to inform everybody the best that we can so we've used social media as well as put up a big construction sign on our website to make sure that people are informed."

There's also plenty of signs to point you in the right direction so you don't go down the wrong road. And if you hit a road block, there's always another route.

"We set up all different avenues of communication with our guests. We've gone to the extent of making them a map, so if anybody stops in any Get-n-Go location, they can take a map from there on their way out to the park," McNamara said.

But a detour isn't the only sign to look out for on your way to Wild Water West.

"We check the weather daily, to see that 10-day forecast to see what our opening weekend is going to be.  Right now, it looks positive that we're going to be in the 70s, so we're hoping we're going to open and we're hoping people come out," McNamara said.

And hopefully find their way through the road construction.

"It was a huge concern for us but where there's a will there's a way. We're going to make sure everyone's informed to make sure that detour doesn't affect us too much," McNamara said.

Springtime in South Dakota means we'll see more  orange posts popping up along roads everywhere.

But many of us have smartphones with GPS just in case we need help finding an alternate route along the way.

Construction on 41st Street between Sertoma Avenue and Ellis Road is expected to last until November.

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