Westside Bike Trail Will Provide Key Connection

Construction of the westside bike trail connection between Dunham Park and the Big Sioux River dam crossing is under way. This 1.25 miles of new trail will provide a direct connection to the main trail loop between West 12th Street and West 41st Street that will serve the more than 40,000 residents who live west of I-29 in Sioux Falls. This, along with other trail projects, will grow the off-street paved trail network to 30 miles.

“Access to our bike trail for our westside citizens has been a commitment for us, and this is another example of getting it done. I look forward to seeing you on the trail!” says Mayor Mike Huether.

This bike trail segment was the number one priority identified in the 2014 Bike Trail Master Plan. The Country Club of Sioux Falls granted easements to allow for the trail to cross their property.

“We sincerely thank The Country Club of Sioux Falls for their cooperation in granting the easements needed to make this project a reality. It has been the top trail-related priority for the park system for many years, and we are thrilled that we are able to construct it this year now that the flood control levees have been certified and plans have been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” says Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Since 2010, the City of Sioux Falls has invested more than $5 million into off-street bike trails and completed 42.4 miles of on-street bicycle projects. Bike trail investments include the complete reconstruction of three stretches of the trail: 12th Street to the Great Plains Zoo, the Yankton Trail Park segment, and the Tomar/Spencer Parks segment (Minnesota Avenue to Cliff Avenue). The key components of these reconstruction projects include wider and smoother trails, better drainage, and improved sightlines. Other bike trail investments include two new station points near the Sanford Sports Complex and West 49th Street, six bike trail traffic counters, 16 informational kiosks, and six new trail spurs at Dunham and Elmwood Parks, Johnny Carino’s, 49th Street, East 41st Street, and the old Yankton Trail Bridge to Western Avenue.

The $450,000 project is scheduled to be complete this fall. Soukup Construction, Inc. of Sioux Falls is the prime contractor. For more information about the bike trail system in Sioux Falls, visit www.siouxfalls.org/bike.

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