Ellis Road Closes for Reconstruction Next Week and Kicks Off Street Construction for 2018
The expansion and reconstruction of Ellis Road is the City’s flagship street construction project in 2018. West-side traffic will be impacted when the first phase of the project closes on Monday, March 26.
South Ellis Road will be reconstructed from 12th Street to 41st Street in multiple phases. The project will be constructed as a full closure to northbound and southbound traffic. Starting Monday, Ellis Road will close between Lancaster Drive and West 26th Street. Local traffic west of Ellis Road will be provided access at Lancaster Drive, 22nd Street, and Stoney Creek Street. Traffic will be detoured from Ellis Road along 26th Street, Sertoma Avenue, and 41st Street. 26th Street will be open to traffic at all times during the project.
The current two-lane rural roadway will be expanded into a four-lane concrete urban section with a median and turn lanes at select intersections. Work also will include an eight-foot shared use path along each side of Ellis Road. Utility work includes storm drainage, water main, and new LED streetlights. The intersections at 26th Street and 32nd Street will have traffic signals.
“This project has been a priority for some time, and we are excited to create a modern roadway on the western edge of our city. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to complete this project as soon as possible to keep Sioux Falls moving,” says Joshua Peterson, Principal Engineer—Project and Construction.
About 6,000 vehicles travel on Ellis Road each day, and west-side drivers will likely shift to various new patterns on their way to school, work, and other activities. The Traffic Engineering team will be monitoring intersections and roadways throughout Sioux Falls over the course of the summer to ensure traffic signals and other streets are functioning at optimal levels to carry this additional traffic effectively.
This $12.2 million project is scheduled to be reopened to traffic by late fall of 2018. Restoration work adjacent to the roadway will be completed in 2019. The prime contractor is T & R Contracting Inc. of Sioux Falls.
Drivers are urged to use caution and reduce their speed while traveling near the construction area and will want to consider alternate routes. To stay up to date about street construction in Sioux Falls, go to www.siouxfalls.org/street-construction. A great interactive map provides all the information you need.