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Gravel Cleanup Planned For Sioux Falls

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Sioux Falls has some major road work in store this season.  The city is dealing with potholes, construction and now ... gravel cleanup.  Storm after storm...meant more and more gravel.  Now Sioux Falls is dealing with the repercussions of laying so much de-icing mixture, the city has even more road issues.

"This year there's a lot, as you mentioned, a lot of material out there, just because the amount of snow that we had. We put more material out there, now there's more for us to pickup," said Galynn Huber, Sioux Falls Street and Utility Manager.

The city will start removing gravel off the emergency routes first, from there they will move to the residential streets. But with so much gravel out on the roadways there is no time frame of when it will be completely finished.

"The Emergency routes are always the first routes we get onto, then we'll get onto the secondary and residential streets. It will take us a little bit this year to get through the first time," said Huber.

The city doesn't just make one sweep of the streets, its goal is to hit the roads four times every year, but with so much other road work going on, that may be difficult.

"We've ramped up.  We have 3 crews running pot holing during the day, one crew at night and were ramping up 3 crews for sweeping. What that does is pulls away from other activities that we are doing," said Huber.
With sweeping and potholing as the cities main priorities, that bumpy drive may end sooner rather then later as the city plans to tackle this issue as early as next week.

The Sioux Falls streets department used close to 17-thousand tons of salt mixture.  All the gravel picked up by the sweepers, is taken to the landfill.  The city plans to start clearing off the gravel as early  as next week.

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