Construction crews are not only moving quickly to try and get their work done, they’re stranding some drivers in odd situations with unscheduled and often random construction sites.

“We’ve got a job to do, and we’re going to do it no matter what. We’re very sorry to hear that some bystanders have come into our construction crossfire, but we only have about three fair weather working months to get our work done. Sometimes orange cone casualties happen,” said one construction manager we spoke with.

Sioux Falls drivers know that construction season has arrived and it’s easy to see why some drivers are confused with random street closures.

“The other day I drove to work and there was no construction happening. On my way home, the street I took in the morning was completely torn up and a detour had been set up like it had been that way for months. I took a different way home the next day, and that street was torn up as well,” said one driver we spoke with.

Some citizens haven’t been able to tell if construction is happening, or if the roads are just that bad.

“The potholes continue to be awful in the city to the point where I don’t know if they’re fixing them or if we’ve let them get that bad. Maybe city council could try and get us $20 million dollars to put in to fixing the roads rather than an ugly, overpriced, unfinished parking garage downtown?” said one spicy citizen we spoke with.

But hey, at least we got a new sculpture and Denny is restoring the downtown theater.

The Sioux Falls Headliner
Adam K. White