Study Starts For Interstate 229 As SF Grows
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
October 22, 2013 5:26 PM
The city of Sioux Falls set a record this week, developers in the city spent more on new construction than ever before, in a single year.
So far, $524-million worth of building permits have been issued and there’s still two months. But, with a growing city, changes must be made to aging infrastructure.
This is the busiest year for construction crews and developers in Sioux Falls.
“You can go to virtually any part of the city and see construction going on, whether it’s businesses or apartments or housing,” said City Planner Mike Cooper.
The previous building permits record was set a year before the recession, in 2007. And while the mayor of Sioux Falls says he won't predict better building numbers for 2014, he says the folks at city hall don't see the growth of Sioux Falls slowing anytime soon.
“2014 is going to be a very, very strong year. I am very, very confident about that and guess who else is? The developers, they're working with our planning and zoning team already. Scoping out land, scoping out opportunities,” said Mayor Mike Huether.
But, with Sioux Falls moving upward and outward, one of the city's busiest interstates will need to be revamped.
Portions of Interstate 229 see 43,000 cars a day.
“With all those numbers, you can see there has been quite the increase in traffic over the years. We expect, as the city of Sioux Falls grows, we’ll continue to see additional traffic demands on the corridor,” added Craig Smith of the SD Department of Transportation.
So, city and state engineers are in the beginning stages of a study that will look at upwards of 100 intersections in the I-229 corridor.
“Because of the age and the traffic volumes that were never planned for in the 1960's things have changed a lot. The traffic volumes have changed a lot, traffic patterns have changed a lot,” said Captain Kevin Joffer of the SD Highway Patrol.
Sioux Falls is a changing place and local leaders look to stay one step ahead of their expanding city.
The I-229 study will create a plan that would develop the corridor for the next 20 to 25 years.
If you want to place any input on the Interstate 229 study, there will be a public meeting at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on October 30th, at 5:30.