26th and Minnesota Reconstruction Begins Monday: Project Includes Concrete Work Along Minnesota

Beginning on Monday, May 7, 2018, reconstruction of the intersection of West 26th Street and South Minnesota Avenue will begin. The first phase of the intersection reconstruction will begin in the northeast corner of the intersection.

Traffic on 26th Street will be shifted onto the south half of the roadway, and one eastbound lane and one westbound traffic lane will be maintained. Traffic along Minnesota Avenue will be shifted to the west half of the road, with one northbound lane and one southbound traffic lane maintained.

“Minnesota Avenue is one of the main north/south corridors in our city, and it needs some investment. We thank the driving public in advance for their patience as we work to create a smoother ride for everyone and look to the future for additional projects on even more stretches of this roadway,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works.

Work at the intersection will include removal and replacement of the existing pavement, sanitary sewer repairs, water main repairs, streetlighting improvements, and traffic signal improvements. The sidewalk at the intersection also will be replaced with ADA-compliant sidewalk.

This phase of the project will also close the center three lanes along Minnesota Avenue for pavement patching from 28th Street to 22nd Street. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction in the outside lanes. Over the course of the summer, concrete repairs will extend all the way south to 33rd Street, and additional concrete work will take place on the sidewalk curb ramps all the way to 41st Street.

About 12,000 vehicles travel along this stretch of 26th Street each day, and 27,000 vehicles on this stretch of Minnesota Avenue.

This $3 million project is expected to be completed in early November. Dakota Contracting of Sioux Falls is the prime contractor.

Drivers are urged to use caution and reduce their speed while traveling near the construction area and may want to consider alternate routes. To stay up to date about street construction in Sioux Falls, go to www.siouxfalls.org/street-construction. An interactive map provides information on the 2018 street construction program.