A section of Cliff Avenue will be closed from the end of May to August

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — A section of the road in Sioux Falls on which many motorists travel will soon be closed; Cliff Avenue in the southeast part of the city between 49th and 56th Streets will be completely closed to traffic.

“Everybody wants to go south to 57th Street and south to 69th Street, so we need some extra capacity,” said Shannon Ausen, the city’s engineering program manager. of Sioux Falls.

North and south traffic here does not enjoy the same freedom; at the moment there is only one lane heading south. But that will change.

“So this project will allow us to have two up north and two sound,” Ausen said.

Dakota Weisbecker bought a house on Cliff Avenue in the construction zone; she will live here from May 20.

“It’s going to be a little awkward for a while, but exciting for Sioux Falls to see it grow and make these infrastructure changes,” Weisbecker said.

Ausen estimates that this section of Cliff Avenue will be closed to traffic from around May 30 or 31 until the middle or end of August.

“The challenge with this project is that we have a large vertical slope on the west side of Cliff Avenue that we have to bring in a lot of dirt to lift it,” Ausen said. “To do this, we have to close the street from 49 to 56 during the summer.”

Stockwell Engineers plans the construction.

“We know there are a lot of issues with the only southbound lane,” said Mitch Mergen, civil engineer at Stockwell Engineers. “There’s a lot of congestion because of that, so it will be a huge improvement.”

Construction starts on Wednesday.